Spaghetti in Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

This recipe off to Earth Hour 2009 event hosted by Anna . I used to submit my recipes to her events when I had my website. Recently she invited me for this.I'm delighted to submit for Earth Hour 2009.

It was really hard to decide what to cook for this event.So many conditions...:) Very less packaging,transport and energy consumption. I have to mix and match everything,found some leftover fresh basil in my refrigerator. Instead of throwing away after a week I can use them now.

Here is the recipe for Spaghetti and Pesto Sauce.


Spaghetti in Basil Pesto Sauce
  • 1 cup Vegetables(Carrots,Broccoli),steamed
  • 2 cups Whole-Wheat Spaghetti
  • Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce(recipe below)
  • Salt to taste


  • Steam 10 -15 min all your favorite vegetables to go with spaghetti.
  • Boil the water; add salt and cook spaghetti in salted boiled water for 18-20 minutes.
  • Filter the water and mixed with prepared pesto sauce.
  • Toss cooked vegetables into it.

Basil Pesto Sauce


Basil Pesto Sauce
  • 2 cups fresh Basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese,grated
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Walnuts or Pine nuts
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Pulse chopped walnuts few minutes in food processor.
  • Add basil leaves into the processor.
  • Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
  • 2 Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on.
  • Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended.
  • Add a pinch of salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste.


  • I forgot to take a picture of sauce, picture shown here is leftover.
  • Toss favorite veggies into the sauce, place those on baking sheet; bake 350o for 15-20 min or until tender.
  • Add a splash of lemon juice to the sauce spread on fish/chicken and grill/bake until thoroughly cooked well.


Smitha said...

I love spaghetti and pesto. YUMMO!I love that you mentioned the option of walnuts instead of pine nuts. will try that next time:)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow..pesto is my fav.. looks inviting and lovely :)and yeah colorful too.

Varunavi said...

Never ate looks yummy

Happy cook said...

I love home made pesto sauce and this looks so yumm.

Ashwini said...

Love pesto sauce. Looks so yumm and nice presentation.

Ishani said...

Looks delicious.. u have nicely decorated the dish...
With whole wheat pasta and lot of vegetables, it's healthy too...

Dazy said...

I'm planning to try this tomorrow. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as good as your picture.

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