Vegetarian Pesto Pasta

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When you come back from a long office day, do you feel like, “o god, no more planning and cooking!”? Well, I feel like this most of the days. But, let me tell you one thing, A QUICK TASTY DINNER IS POSSIBLE!

Here is my recipe for a quick dinner menu — vegetarian pesto sauce pasta. Pesto sauce has a beautiful texture, a nutty flavor and it already includes all the seasoning and flavoring needed. Just add some garlic bread on the side, and some wine, and you are ready to host a beautiful dinner for your special one.

This recipe serves 2-3 people.

Ingredients:

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  • Around 100 grams spaghetti;
  • 1 cup diced broccoli and carrot;
  • 3 tablespoon pesto sauce (I have used store-bought; its easily available and quite handy);
  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil;
  • 2 cloves of crushed and diced garlic;
  • Salt and pepper.

Method:

  • Sauté the garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil till lightly colored;
  • Now add diced vegetables and cook for 5-6 minutes on medium heat. Season with salt and pepper, keep aside.
  • Boil a large pot of water and add 2 tablespoon salt.
  • Once the water starts boiling, add your spaghetti and cook for 7-8 minutes, or as per instructions. Before draining, save 2 ladle full of pasta water (and DO NOT rinse pasta in cold water, until and unless you are preparing for a salad).
  • In a pan, take 1 tablespoon olive oil, and stir in the pesto sauce. Cook for 20-30 seconds, and add the sautéed vegetables. Adjust the seasoning, I add chili flakes at this stage to make it little bit spicier.
  • Add in the reserved pasta water, and now add the drained pasta. Give it a stir, and its done.

Serve with some Parmesan on top and an extra drizzle of olive oil.

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