Basil Pesto Brown Rice Pasta

Basil pesto can be used as a spread on bread,pita,wrap or in a pasta for a quick snack,easy lunch/dinner will be ready in minutes. I have used green chilies to give this recipe a spicy flavor.Basil if unavailable can be easily substituted with any other herb like mint,parsley,cilantro/coriander.

Time for preparation: 25 Mins

Serves 2 people

Basil Pesto Ingredients:

2 cup Basil leaves

1/2 Red onion

1/2 cup Cashews or Pine nuts or Walnuts

4 Green chilies (optional/to taste)

2 Garlic pods

1 teaspoon Olive oil

Salt and Black pepper to taste

Procedure – Pesto:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and give it a pulse to make a coarse paste.Season it with salt and pepper.

Procedure – Brown Rice Pasta :

  • Add a pinch of salt and a tsp of oil to a pot of water, and bring to boil.
  • Add brown rice pasta to boiling water, and cook for 10-15 mins or until desired tenderness is achieved.
  • Heat a pan with a teaspoons of olive oil and add cooked pasta with the basil pesto.
  • Saute the pesto and pasta for couple of minutes and serve it hot.


  1. If you feel pasta is little drier please add few drops of water.

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