Thursday, March 11, 2010

Whole wheat spaghetti with pesto sauce and shrimp


For pasta:

  • Spaghetti - 1/2 pack
  • Water to immerse 3/4 pasta salted

For cilantro pesto sauce:
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste (optional)
For the Shrimp:
  • shrimp - 1 pound
  • salt
  • water for cooking


  • Cook the pasta till done or al dente. Remove and strain the excess water.
  • Cook the shrimp with salt and little water in a separate skillet. Remove and keep aside.
  • Now for the sauce,
  • Toast almonds in small skillet over medium-low heat until light golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the garlic cloves in the hot oil until softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature; chop.
  • Pulse the almonds, garlic, and cilantro together in a food processor until roughly chopped. Slowly stream the 1/2 cup olive oil into the mixture with the food processor running continually. Add the lemon juice, red pepper, salt and pepper and continue processing until smooth.
  • Mix the sauce and shrimp and pasta together in a large bowl.


Gulmohar March 11, 2010 at 9:50 AM  

looks so delicious...loved the color from cilantro :-)

Sushma Mallya March 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM  

Cilantro pesto sauce looks so good and mixing it with spaghetti would be def delicious ,looks wonderful

Priya March 11, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

Slurppp, wat a mouthwatering pesto and pasta with shrimps....feel like having it rite now..

kothiyavunu March 11, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

Awesome flavors! I love the shrimp & cilantro pest combo.YUM

Renuka Gopal,  March 12, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

Oh...It's a delicious dish!!

Aruna Manikandan March 15, 2010 at 12:09 AM  

First time here....

Love to have spaghetti without shrimp :-)

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Check my space when u find time


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