Sep 22, 2007

How About Something Green In Your Lunch Plate?

Pasta, the first thing that comes into my mind when I don't have a lot of time to cook (or in a lazy mood),
What can I say,
It's usually pretty simple, easy, and delicious,
How hard can it be to make a tasty pasta dish?
At least it won't go so wrong that you can't even swallow it.

So here it is. Spaghetti with shrimps and pesto sauce-

Ingredients (for one)?

Thin spaghetti
1 small box of basil (about one cup)
2 tablespoons of pine nuts
2 garlic cloves
1 shallot (chopped)
1/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan
10 shrimps (peeled and deveined)
Extra virgin olive oil


First prepare a pot with water to cook the spaghetti,
Toss in the pasta when the water is boiling, along with a pinch of salt,
Cook according to the instruction on the box.

For the pine nuts,
I roast them in the oven till golden brown to bring out the flavor,
Set aside.

Prepare a food processor,
Add basil leaves, garlic cloves, roasted pine nuts, and some olive oil,
Blend till cooperated, add about 2 pinches of salt, some grated cheese, continue to blend for a few seconds.
Can you smell it? The fresh aroma just can't stop escaping from the food processor.
These green colored paste will serve as a key ingredient to keep your pasta moist and flavorful.

Prepare a skillet,
Drizzle some olive oil, pan fried the chopped shallot till slightly brown on the edges,
Toss in the shrimps and cook for about 2 minutes.

Add the pesto sauce along with drained pasta,
Give it a toss,
What are you waiting for?
it's time to enjoy your healthy greenie spaghetti!

Cindy's Rating: 7


  1. yum... pesto sauce...
    I'm hungry now.

  2. Sometimes there are pasta worth 2 points only

  3. To Eileen~
    Ha, go grab something to eat!
    Thanks for the comment though~!

    To ru roo fan~ you you....
    To bad you don't have a chance to eat a "higher score" pasta~!

  4. nice nice.
    but i can't get those ingredients here in Malaysia that easily. :(

  5. To Abnerd~

    M...I think if you can't get pine nuts easily in malaysia, you can just use more garlic, basil, and olive oil to substitute it~!
    Thanks for the comment!