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Hi all its been loooooooooooooong time since I visited any of your blogs and updated mine too. But thanks for those who visited my blog and enquiring my absence. Yah its because of place change, weather change, holiday season, I've been so tied up with other things and off course I should blame my little laziness too. Mmmmm at last started from now...I really missed all your beautiful posts for last few weeks. Hope to catch up soon. One recent change in my blog photos will be lack natural day light which is very important for the Food photography. Because of this Minneapolis weather. Also its getting dark earlier and days are very very cold. But anyway I am trying to find out some ways to compensate this.

So after all the above stories here comes the recipe part.. Tomato Basil pesto which is so tasty that you can use for pasta as well as works for sandwich spread too.

Ingredients :

Cherry tomato - 2 cups (Broil it till the skin is lightly blackened)
Walnut - 1/4 cup toasted
Basil - 1/4 cup
Garlic - 1 pod
Lemon juice - 1/4 tsp ( optional)
Paprika - according to your spice level
Pepper - 1 tsp
Olive oil - for roasting the tomato
Salt - as needed
Few basil for garnish
Parmesan cheese for topping

I used Sauteed Mushroom and Broccoli to go along with pasta.

For Pasta :

I used whole wheat Thin spaghetti, its your choice.

Method :

1. Toss the tomato with little olive oil, pepper and salt and broil it.
2. Now in the blender add the tomato along with olive oil and the juice that comes out while broiling.
2. With that add the walnut, basil, salt, Garlic,pepper, paprika, lemon juice. Blend till its coarsely done.
3. Cook pasta with salt. Drain it.
4. If the the pesto is very thick add little water from the pasta and dilute for sauce consistency.
5. Now in the serving plate arrange the pasta add the pesto on the top and garnish with cheese and Basil.
6.Serve with sauteed veggies.

Note :

I sauteed Broccoli and Mushroom with little olive oil, pepper and salt.
You can store this pesto for 3 to 4 days.

lata raja  – (December 16, 2009 at 3:17 PM)  

Welcome back Pavithra. Missed you a lot.Hope you have settled down very well.The pesto looks yum. Perfect for cold weather.

Unknown  – (December 16, 2009 at 4:20 PM)  

Pesto looks absolutely delicious...& creamy..with those gorgeous looking pasta..

Priya Suresh  – (December 16, 2009 at 4:22 PM)  

Glad to see you back Pavithra...Pesto looks rich,creamy and nutty..lovely dish..

Sarah Naveen  – (December 16, 2009 at 4:33 PM)  

Nice pic dea..!! Looks so yummy too..missd ur yummy posts..
As u said daylight is a big problem for taking pics now..its as if you need to cook and wait for sun to come, but before that the plate goes empty

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (December 16, 2009 at 5:01 PM)  

Welcome back by dear,,the pesto combo looks delicious...

Unknown  – (December 16, 2009 at 6:06 PM)  

Hope u got accustomed to the cold weather there. Pesto looks fresh n healthy.

chef and her kitchen  – (December 16, 2009 at 7:56 PM)  

welcome back dear.we definitely missed ur beautiful posts...Lovely pesto sauce...we absolutely love pesto sauces dear...I can see the brightness reduced in d pics..hmm..:(

Vidhya  – (December 16, 2009 at 8:02 PM)  

welcome back Pavithra... pesto looks really yummy. Hope you like ur new place. I miss u so much in my jewelry blog :)

Raks  – (December 16, 2009 at 9:41 PM)  

Welcome back,nice recipe Pavithra!

Your pictures are looking good for me in contrast to Prathi ;P

Ushnish Ghosh  – (December 16, 2009 at 10:18 PM)  

Dear pavithra
Nice to see you back with a bang, very nice recipe indeed.
I shall try this when I get a good Parmesan in Indian market. ( May be I will not wait for that if it becomes irresistible :-) )
Have a nice day

Sailaja Damodaran  – (December 16, 2009 at 10:21 PM)  

Whole meal for my daughter's lunch box......Perfect

Ash  – (December 16, 2009 at 10:54 PM)  

I sincerely don't understand the name nor the dish....but I must say...all the different ingre's in this prep...have been collaged so well....Looks like a painting....

Where were u all these days??? Gr8 comeback with a painting.... Cheers to You!!!!

Happy Celebrations!!!


kitchen queen  – (December 16, 2009 at 11:29 PM)  

the pesto looks very delicious and yummmmmmmmmmm.

Nithya  – (December 16, 2009 at 11:38 PM)  

Wow.. looks yummm.. :)

Nice to see you back.. Anni.. the pics looks great.. In fact its brighter than earlier.. :)

Rekha shoban  – (December 17, 2009 at 12:16 AM)  

welcome back dear, nice pic...looks colourful

Sreelekha Sumesh  – (December 17, 2009 at 1:30 AM)  

Yumy and rich pesto..looks so delicious!

Latha  – (December 17, 2009 at 2:47 AM)  

Pesto looks awesome.....lovely presentation as always :).

priya  – (December 17, 2009 at 3:07 AM)  

looks awesome...must have tasted great!

Aps Kitchen  – (December 17, 2009 at 4:18 AM)  

I can catch the mushrooms out there..... Glad to c u after a long time dearie welcome back..... Gud clicks :)

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (December 17, 2009 at 4:32 AM)  

Warm welcome, wonderful dish and a lovely click

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (December 17, 2009 at 4:32 AM)  

Warm welcome, wonderful dish and a lovely click

Vrinda  – (December 17, 2009 at 8:14 AM)  

Never tasted these..looks colorful and tasty...nicely presented...

Deepti  – (December 17, 2009 at 9:03 AM)  

Nicely arranged platter n yummy too...even i like using whole wheat pasta.

Ambika  – (December 17, 2009 at 11:10 AM)  

Thanks Pavithra! The sphagetti looks sooo yum! I especially love the mushrooms on the side :)

Anu  – (December 17, 2009 at 11:52 AM)  

Welcome back dear!!! Pesto looks yummy & creamy... Lovely dish..

Padma  – (December 17, 2009 at 2:46 PM)  

Pesto looks so creamy and yummy Pavithra... next time will try with roasted tomatoes.

Unknown  – (December 17, 2009 at 4:24 PM)  

New idea for me, roasted tomato basil pesto looks perfect and yummy... will try it soon.

Gita Jaishankar  – (December 18, 2009 at 6:55 AM)  

Welcome back dear....this is awesome the flavor of roasted tomatoes...adding walnuts certainly makes the pesto healthier :)

Pam  – (December 18, 2009 at 7:22 PM)  

What a delicious meal and a beautiful presentation.

Dolly Sharma  – (December 18, 2009 at 7:33 PM)  

Good to see you back with a yummy and beautiful recipe. Absolutely love tomato and Basil combo. Will try making this delicious Pesto. Beautiful Click. About clicking pictures I personally take them at night just after I prepare dinner or else its gone b4 I see the

Cham  – (December 18, 2009 at 10:27 PM)  

Toma and basil are great pair! Lovely pesto !

Parita  – (December 19, 2009 at 2:24 AM)  

Welcome Back dear, just last week i was wondering where have u vanished, good to see u back, tomato and basil is my fav combination, deliicous pesto :-)

Spice  – (December 19, 2009 at 9:31 AM)  

Looks this combo....

Yasmeen  – (December 19, 2009 at 11:26 AM)  

Awesome pasta dish.Me too face the same problem in winters with less light,sometimes I dare to step out in the yard with the plate to get a good shot :D

Malar Gandhi  – (December 19, 2009 at 8:51 PM)  

Yeah its pretty cold, deep down here...I can imagine Minneapolis weather. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. And the picture looks awesome.

Priya dharshini  – (December 20, 2009 at 7:36 PM)  

welcome back pavithra..Pesto is wowy dish..luks delicious..

Shri  – (December 20, 2009 at 9:38 PM)  

The pics are good..And the pesto looks terrific!

Ammu  – (December 21, 2009 at 9:46 AM)  

Wonderful pictures & tempting dish. Looks yum and delicious.

Anupama  – (December 25, 2009 at 5:55 PM)  

Welcome back Pavi! Great come back girl & I don't find anything wrong with the lighting in this pic (great as usual) :-)

Ally  – (January 10, 2010 at 10:29 PM)  

You have one cracker of a it! thanks for your time in my space too. Really appreciate it!


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