Desperately Pesto – Coriander Pasta

I am calling this ‘Desperately Pesto’ because I laid my hands on anything I could to make a Pesto preparation. First and foremost I did not have Basil available with me. So I decided to make a Coriander and Walnut pesto. After I had boiled pasta, I realized I didn’t have Cheese either! So I went ahead and used Cheese spread instead. Yaeee πŸ™‚ Contrary to my doubts, the variation came out not only eatable but also tasty. And since Coriander is more readily available here than Basil, it can work out as a frequent dish for me. Here is the recipe:

1 cup pasta – boiled
1 tbsp Olive oil
Dash of Black Pepper
2 tsp dried Basil

For Sauce
1/2 cup Coriander
8-10 Walnut kernel
2 tbsp Sour Cream and Onion Cheese Spread
8-10 tbsp Milk
1 tbsp Olive oil
Salt to taste (a little than you would normally put, since Cheese spread will also have some salt)


  1. Make a puree of the Sauce ingredients. If the paste is too thick, add more milk to make it a little runny.
  2. Boil Pasta as per instruction on the packet. Ideally it should take 8-12 minutes. Pasta should be firm, yet tender. I normally scoop out a piece and check. Here is a good article about cooking it al’ dente
  3. Drain the pasta.
  4. Heat a wok. Add 1 tbsp Olive oil. Add the Coriander Sauce. Add the pasta while it is yet hot. Toss well. Cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle dried Basil and fresh ground Pepper. Toss and serve hot.
2 Responses to “Desperately Pesto – Coriander Pasta”
  1. ruchi says:

    tried this out… was delicious… t coriander and walnut flavour was excellent…. thanks for a new flavour apart from t white sauce n red sauce one…. this one surely was different πŸ™‚

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