Whenever I make pasta, either it is with some tomato sauce or pesto and tomatoes or the white sauce, nobody likes it dry. Even when I make it dry, it's like pasta with pesto, some vegetable, tomatoes and cheese. Last time, when I was in New York, I tasted the most delicious lasagna, with pesto and lemon or lime flavor. It was not much cheesy and I loved the refreshing citrus flavor. I wanted to try it at home, the lasagna has to wait, but I made it with penne pasta, my own home made basil pesto and broccoli, it came out very well..
Need To Have
- Whole Grain Penne Pasta - 2 cups
- Basil Pesto - 4 teaspoons
- Broccoli - 2 cups
- Parmesan Cheese - 2 teaspoon
- Salt & Pepper - to taste
- Olive Oil - 1 or 2 teaspoons
- Lime Juice - from 1/2 a lime
Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet. Microwave the broccoli till done but crisp. You can also do this by adding broccoli to boiling water for 2 mins, then washing in cold water. To the pasta, add the pesto, broccoli, mix, add the oil, cheese, lime juice, salt and pepper mix everything well and serve. The pasta tastes great either warm or cold.
You can use any pasta of your choice.
Pepper and lime juice are as per your taste, best to serve it with a wedge of lime and pepper on the side.
You can use store bought pesto too, and also any other vegetable, I used broccoli as I wanted to maintain the green color of the pesto.