How to make Basil Sunflower Seed Pesto Pasta -

In this pesto sauce sunflower seeds replace pine nuts.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Whole wheat Penne Pasta (गेहूँ का पेने पास्ता ), Olive oil (ऑलिव आइल)

Cuisine : Italian

Course : Noodles and Pastas

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Basil Sunflower Seed Pesto Pasta

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Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve :

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Basil Sunflower Seed Pesto Pasta Recipe

  • Whole wheat Penne Pasta boiled 200 grams

  • Olive oil 2 tablespoons

  • Cherry tomatoes halved 12-14

  • Salt to taste

  • Milk 1/4 cup

  • Red chillies crushed 1/2 teaspoon

  • Sunflower seeds (charoli/chironji) 1 tablespoon

  • Sunflower seeds pesto

  • Sunflower seeds (charoli/chironji) 1 tablespoon

  • Basil leaves 3/4 cups

  • Garlic cloves 3-4

  • Salt to taste

  • Parmesan cheese grated 4 tablespoons

  • Olive oil 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Heat olive oil in a non stick pan, add halved cherry tomatoes and salt and sauté on low heat till they soften.

Step 2

Grind together basil leaves, garlic, salt, parmesan cheese, sunflower seeds and olive oil to a paste.

Step 3

Add boiled penne and ground paste to the pan and mix well. Add milk and mix well. Sprinkle crushed red chillies and mix.

Step 4

Transfer into a serving dish, sprinkle sunflower seeds and serve hot.

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