Monday, December 14, 2009

Farfalle in Basil Pesto Sauce

Know What you eat: Fortified Pasta: Pasta is affordable and easy to combine with other folate-rich foods, such as vegetables, nuts, some legumes and fruits. Remember - every time that you enjoy a great pasta dish, you're on your way to meeting daily folic acid requirements. Also a quick look at how to make homemade basil pesto sauce...


By the way...The FDA requires food manufacturers to fortify grain-based foods such as pasta with folic acid, an important B vitamin. Folic acid, also known as folate and folacin, plays an important role in the body's central nervous system. FDA has determined that diets adequate in folic acid may reduce a woman's risk of having a child with brain or spinal cord defects. A 2 oz. serving of dry pasta will supply the equivalent of about 100 micrograms a day of folic acid or 25% of the recommended daily intake (RDI).

 Right now enjoy this flavorful basil pesto sauce pasta dish..Here's how you can make yours...

farfalle in basil pesto


Ingredients:


2 C Farfalle fortified pasta, cooked
1 C Mixed pepper + broccoli  ( green, red,orange, yellow), chopped
1 tsp garlic, minced
1/4 C Olives, diced
1/2 C Fresh basil pesto sauce* or store bought
1 tsp dried oregano
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp olive oil, (basil pesto sauce already has olive oil, so adjust accordingly)


Method:


1. Bring water to boil along with some salt, add pasta and let it cook as per directions on the package. Once cooked drain the water and rinse with cold water.
2. In a pan, heat oil, add the minced garlic & dried oregano leaves, saute for a minute, now add chopped mixed peppers, and let it cook for 2 more minutes.
3. Add cooked pasta, olives, basil pesto sauce, salt & freshly chrushed black pepper. Toss everything well. Serve hot.


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How to make homemade Basil Pesto Sauce:


Ingredients:


3 cloves garlic
2 C fresh basil leaves
3 Tbsp pine nuts (pignolia)
1/2 C extra virgin olive oil
1/2 C Parmesan cheese grated
A dash salt and pepper


Method:


1.  Add garlic to the food processor and mince. Next, add the basil leaves, pine nuts, and a dash of salt and pepper to the bowl of the processor. While the processor is running, slowly drizzle in olive oil through the feed tube until all the ingredients are pureed. Enjoy fresh basil pesto sauce, on pasta, sandwiches, etc. 


Always Refrigerate this sauce.

37 comments:

Divya Vikram said...

Pasta looks colorful and healthy with all those veggies.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Delicious......

prasu said...

wow..........lovely and corful pasta dear....the sauce makes it all special...thanks for sharing.

Priya said...

Pasta looks fantastic with plenty of colourful veggies..yummy!!

Angie's Recipes said...

The pasta dish looks fabulous!

Preeti Kashyap said...

looks delicious! I didnt knw FDA asks manufacturers to fortify pasta with folic acid!!...thanks for letting us knw abt folic acids.

kothiyavunu said...

oh yum, fabulous ingredients - i'll definitely make this one!

Gulmohar said...

What a colorful dish..Would love to try basil pesto sauce once...:-)

Vrinda said...

Lovely and colorful pasta...awesome click

Sarah Naveen said...

Beautiful click and yummy ,colorful pasta..

anubhavati said...

Nice dish yu have there. Great click and I am crazy about pesto sauce!!!

Shoba

chakhlere said...

OMG!! Such a yummy and flavorful pasta. i just love such pastas....will surely try this now.

Malar Gandhi said...

Healthy version of pasta, and who will say 'no' to it.

Cham said...

Such a bright and attractive pasta!

Priya said...

So delicious and absolutely tasty...

Pavani said...

That's such a colorful dish with so many veggies. Love pesto sauce, I always have some frozen home-made cubes for quick dinners. Will try your version soon.

PJ said...

wonderful pasta dish! I love pasta salads.. my favorite is the summer pasta salad with all the veggies and an olive oil-lemon juice-vinegar-salt-pepper dressing with some chili flakes! Yours looks absolutely wonderful!

SE(Denufood) said...

wow..what a colorful dish...nice clcik..i love the pesto sauce..

Tina said...

Healthy and colourful pasta...Superb clicks dear.....

Padma said...

Looks so colorful and delicious.... have always made the same with store bought sauce and added fresh basil leaves.. superb clicks :)

Nandini said...

Very healthy pasta! You have used my fav veggies. Looks colorful and tasty pasta!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Pasta looks colorful and yummy, with brocoli it will add an extra touch!

Priya Narasimhan said...

lovely clicks...can I use dry basil leaves for making the pesto?

lata raja said...

The home-made pesto sauce sounds yum! I might finish that bowl, given the oppurtunity.

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Thanks for sharing the sauce recipe... I love pasta in any form

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Basil Pesto sauce sounds excellent, will try it soon. Pasta looks wonderful with colorful veggies!!!

sayantani said...

I love my pasta with lots of veggies. never tried Pesto as we dont get fresh basils here.

this dish looks so colourful that inspite of just having my dinner i feel like grabbing the plate and eat it.

Sumi said...

never tried pesto sauce, should try it sometime.Lovely picture.

Katy ~ said...

Beautifully prepared, presented and photographed. A healthful meal that is appreciated year round.

Poornima Nair said...

All that colour looks so irresistible...beautiful dish!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

that's my fav combo...i always order this at restaurants.

Chitra said...

Colorful..very nice :)

Abhilash Pillai said...

Really colourful pastas.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Plate looks so colourful and comforting!

Shri said...

Combo of Basil and pesto sounds divine!!

Oraphan said...

Wow! This looks amazingly delicious! I love pesto sauce and I love even more when you added all my favorite veggies in this dish, it sounds super yummy!

Anupama said...

Have wanted to make home-made pesto for a long time now... good that you posted this :-)

 
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