Basil Pesto Pasta

The perfect, basic, never-fail pesto pasta recipe loaded with basil, garlic and parmesan cheese. This recipe is something that you can make quickly and easily. This is my go-to pesto pasta recipe. Everything you need is easy to find in your local supermarket. This paste is great for putting on or in pastas, paratha, and sandwiches.

Basil Pesto Pasta
Basil Pesto Pasta
  • SERVES 5
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 3-4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 35 grams Toasted Pine Nuts/Walnuts
  • 60 ml olive oil
  • 50 grams Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 400 grams Spaghetti Pasta
  • Cracked pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste

Place the garlic cloves, basil leaves, toasted pine nuts, and olive oil into a food processor. Blend until everything is well combined. Grate the parmesan cheese and either mix in by hand or place into the food processor and blend again"

Set the basil pesto to the side while cooking the pasta. Bring a saucepan full of water to the boil, season with a few pinches of salt. Place the pasta into the water and cook until cooked. "

Reserve a cup of the starchy cooking water before straining the pasta. Mix in half of the basil pesto with a small amount of the starchy cooking water. Toss together. "

Add the remaining basil pesto and toss until everything is well combined. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese and garnish with basil leaves."

  • Do not refrigerate fresh basil leaves because it will darken them. (Even once the pesto is made, the chopped fresh basil will darken slightly, though less so because it is immersed in oil.) If you are not ready to make the pesto immediately, put them in a vase or cup of water until using them.

Crispy Vegetable Sandwich

These sandwiches are colorful updates on the classic finger food that are all flavor and no fuss.

Crispy Vegetable Sandwich
Crispy Vegetable Sandwich
  • SERVES 4-5
  • Thin sandwich bread slices
  • Cheese slices
  • Dill (freshly chopped)
  • 3 Cucumbers, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 Cucumbers, sliced in circle
  • 3 Carrots, sliced lengthwise
  • 3 Tomatoes, sliced in circles
  • French Fries
  • Green and Red Capsicum
  • 2 Onion rings
  • Salt + Pepper

Tomato, Onion and Cucumber: Place cheese slice and vegetables on bread. Sprinkle with fresh dill to taste. Cut it with sharp knife."

Fries, Red Capsicum, Cucumber, and Onion: Place cheese slice and vegetables on bread. Divide vegetables among prepared bread slices. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper to taste."

Green Capsicum, Carrot, Onion and Cucumber: Place cheese slice and vegetables on bread. Sprinkle with fresh dill to taste. Cut it with sharp knife. "

Plating / Presentation We will plate each sandwich on white plate or cake stand served sauce/chutney. "

Must Have Sharp knife, textured bright colored clothe piece with butter paper. "

Cooking Tips
  • It is always advisable to not over stuff your sandwich with too many ingredients or sauces. Sprinkle some herbs or seasonings to add the finishing touch. Balance out your flavours. If the ingredients are heavy, then you can use light sauces or maybe vinegar to bring certain evenness to the taste.

Herbed Cucumber Bites

Today I am going to share with you a summer idea for your belly! Cucumber Bites a light and fresh summer appetizer. Cucumber slices are topped with a fresh dill cream cheese mixture, and finished with a juicy colored bell pepper. Parties and get-togethers are a great excuse to make some of the indulgent treats, like brownies and cookies and cheesy dips.  I thought why not make a healthy, but still delicious, appetizer!!

Herbed Cucumber Bites
Herbed Cucumber Bites
  • SERVES 8-10
  • 2 large English Cucumbers ( Cut in Circles and thin length wise)
  • 250 grams Cheese Cream
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp Dill / Mint leaves (freshly chopped)
  • 2 Red Capsicum, small pieces for garnishing
  • 2 Green Capsicum, small pieces for garnishing
  • Coriander leaves to garnish
  • Salt + Pepper

1. In a medium bowl beat together the cream cheese, dill/mint leaves, garlic until smooth."

2. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag or a Ziploc bag."

3. Pipe the herbed cream cheese mixture onto each cucumber round."

4. Garnish each cucumber with a sprig of green and red capsicum and coriander on top."

5. Serve immediately or cover and store in the fridge until ready to enjoy."

Method 2

1. On a thin long strip of cucumber spread the mixture smoothly and roll it securing it with a toothpick."

Plating / Presentation We will plate each bite on a long white plate. Must Have Sharp knife, tooth pick, thermacol balls Cooking Tips
  • Adding herbs to your sandwich or snacks will escalate the flavor and taste. You could mince herbs fine to blend into spreads or cut them up in small pieces or leave them in small sprigs to add to sandwiches. For garnishes, leave the herbs just as you pick them, in their whole-leaf or flower splendor.