Pesto Penne Pasta
March 27, 2016, 4:44 p.m.

Penne Pesto Pasta recipe

Pesto Penne Pasta recipe with step by step pictures - Pesto Penne Pasta is one of the easiest delicious dish you could bring  to the dinner table in those rushing 30 mins left out for the family movie. Pesto penne pasta is creamy, buttery, yummy :) I have used a basic white sauce and basil pesto recipe here. The aroma of making this pesto penne pasta would lift up those hungry eyes & sniffing noses in front of tv :) I make it for the weekends when the full family is ready for a movie fun. A buttery creamy treat once in a while is okay :D I was searching basil leaves in chennai and finally found fresh basil leaves in BVM English vegetables shop in T nagar, Chennai. So, here it is a no-fail delicious pasta recipe - Pesto Penne Pasta :) Check out my other dinner recipe - Roti Hakka noodles..

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basil pestoPesto Penne Pasta 


Time taken : 15 to 20 mins |  Serves : 1 to 2 adults




For pasta


Butter or oil


A bowl of pasta


colourful bell peppers chopped


2 tbspn Fresh cream


Any cheese grated






For white sauce


2 tbspn butter


2 tbspn flour or maida


1 cup milk

sugar pinch

nutmeg grated, a pinch

For Pesto

Handful of fresh basil leaves

4 to 5 garlic cloves

1/2 tspn pepper corns ( optional )

1 to 2 tbspn Parmesan cheese

10 cashews or pine nuts few

extra virgin olive oil


Step 1 - Add all ingredients for pesto, except extra virgin olive oil in a clean and dry mixie.Penne Pesto Pasta-2

Step 2 - Make it into a coarse paste adding extra virgin olive oil little by little. Pesto is ready. Keep it aside.Penne Pesto Pasta-3

Step 3 - Boil pasta with enough water, salt and few drops of oil.Penne Pesto Pasta-4

Step 4 - Strain the water completely, once the pasta is cooked. Wash it under running water.Penne Pesto Pasta-5

Step 5 - For white sauce, heat butter in a pan. Once butter melts, add flour.Penne Pesto Pasta-6

 Step 6 - Roast the flour in butter until it turns little golden on a low flame. Use a whisk to stir well, so that no lumps are formed.Penne Pesto Pasta-7


 Step 7 - Add milk little by little and keep whisking.Penne Pesto Pasta-8


Step 8 - Keep adding milk until your desired consistency is reached. Add required salt, a pinch of sugar and a pinch of grated nutmeg.Penne Pesto Pasta-9


Step 9 - Sprinkle some cheese and whisk in until it melts. Switch off flame.Penne Pesto Pasta-10


Step 10 - Heat another pan. Add butter or oil. Once the oil is hot, add chopped veggies and required salt. Saute them on high heat for 2 minutes.Penne Pesto Pasta-11


Step 11 - Add 1 or 2 tbspns of basil pesto, white sauce and cream. Penne Pesto Pasta-12


Step 12 - Stir well on a low flame. Check and adjust the seasoning.Penne Pesto Pasta-13


Step 13 - Add boiled pasta. Mix well with the sauce and you are done :) Serve hot with some parmesan cheese on top :)Penne Pesto Pasta-14


Penne Pesto pasta


 Please do try out this creamy Pesto penne pasta and let me know your comments. Your comments help me grow. You can reach out for any doubts via mail or FB msg. Also, do not forget to send a picture when you try them, so that I can feature your creation on my FB page:)

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Jofy Abraham
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