Coriander Pesto

20 Mar

When you buy bunches of coriander without a plan because they looked fresh and tempting, what do you do with them? You can only use so much in rasams and we are really tired of the coriander chutney πŸ™‚ As much as I resist from buying coriander, ever so often, I give in and buy bunches of these. I am in a quandary as I don’t like wastage. This was till I had a light bulb moment, and decided to make coriander pesto. I followed the basic pesto sauce recipe – blend the greens with nuts, add olive oil, salt and pepper. This was my first attempt at making pesto and couldn’t believe how amazingly simple this was.

Coriander Pesto

Take about 2 cups of coriander and 1/2 cup of toasted walnuts. Blend them well with about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. That is it, the sauce is ready. To give it a slight twist, I added a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and liked the sweetness it added to the sauce.

For the pasta, thinly slice onions, bell peppers (green, red) and green apples. In a non-stick skillet, cook these veggies along with sun-dried tomatoes and broccoli florets with a teaspoon of olive oil, till they are cooked but crunchy. Then, add the pasta (cooked till al dente), the pesto sauce and about a laddle-ful of the cooked pasta water. Let it simmer for a min or two. Voila! Pesto Pasta is ready!

Did I tell you that I don’t shy away from buying coriander anymore? πŸ™‚


Posted by on March 20, 2008 in Cooking, Italian


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8 responses to “Coriander Pesto

  1. Laksh

    March 20, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    This is one recipe I will be trying and soon!

  2. Uma

    March 20, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Yummy! looks good.

  3. Raaga

    March 20, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    I made this too… and it is a refreshing change from basil pesto πŸ™‚

    So true. I am getting creative πŸ˜› -A-kay

  4. Happy Cook

    March 20, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Looks soo good.
    Just wanted to grab the plate and eat them.

    Thanks πŸ™‚ -A-kay

  5. Apar

    March 21, 2008 at 2:11 AM

    Looks and sounds yummy!! will definitely try it out πŸ™‚

  6. Arch

    March 25, 2008 at 3:07 AM

    This is yummy coz the bowl you see in the pic was later relished by me…..absolutely yummy pasta that Akay made when I visited her. I have since tried it at home and it truly is easy. For more healthier options, replace pasta with whole wheat ones and go a little low on the olive oil if you want….and the fat free balsamic vinegar from Trader Joes gives it a nice taste. Also I added garlic, ginger and green chillis to the pesto and it truly was delish!

    Glad that you tried it later Arch. I have since made this without the vinegar and with green chillies & ginger, just like you did πŸ™‚ – A-kay

  7. UL

    March 26, 2008 at 11:56 PM

    i hate basil, and i always buy very little cilantro as i worry that i might have to throw it away…but now look here, there’s another great use…and the sauce sounds simple too. πŸ™‚

    Extremely simple and do-able for a cook-phobic like you too πŸ™‚ Do give it a shot and am positive, you will love it. -A-kay

  8. varsha

    November 30, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    lovely things to do with dhaniya- my garden is full of it now!


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