Pasta is the famous food of Italians. In Italy they have a huge variety of pasta, some of which migrated to many countries years back. Although there are many recipes in which pasta can be cooked and all of them are equally tasty, some recipes have been modified according to the local taste of people.

This afternoon I cooked  Penne Pasta in Garlic, Tomato and Basil Pesto and to my pleasure my husband and I really liked it. I made it the real Italian way. Jump below for the recipe.

Ingredients for Pesto:

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 medium sized onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 green chillies, 1 large tomato, salt to taste, ½ tsp red chilli powder, ½ tsp dry basil herb

Ingredients for Seasoning:

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 3 cloves of garlic (sliced and lightly pounded), ½ tsp chilli flakes, 1 tbsp cheese (grated)

Ingredients for Pasta:

75 gms whole wheat penne pasta

Recipe: (serves 2)

Boil some water and add penne to it. Let it cook for 6 minutes until it becomes 70 % soft and big. Coarsely grind onion, garlic, green chillies and tomato for pesto. Heat oil in a fry pan, add the grounded pesto, salt and chilli powder. Saute for 3 minutes and add basil herb. Now add 70% cooked penne to it and mix well and sauté for another 2 minutes. In another pan, heat oil for seasoning and add pounded garlic and let it turn golden in color. Transfer the penne in a dish. Now add this garlic seasoned oil to penne and sprinkle chilli flakes on top along with grated cheese.

Fresh take on the recipe: You may choose to add cheery tomatoes and red/green/yellow bell peppers (sliced) in the seasoning oil for some crunch.

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