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pasta with pesto - do you add anything else?

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lunavix Wed 14-Feb-07 18:02:21

I haven't been on the ball with dinner and every meal we have for this week requires hours of cooking.

We have a jar of sundried tomato pesto, and we have some pasta.. I've heard a lot of people talk about pasta and pesto! Do you add anything else?

MrsBadger Wed 14-Feb-07 18:04:34

toasted pine nuts are good but it doesn't need anything else.

make sure you put drained pasta back in pan and stir pesto in over the heat till it's all coated - pesto dolloped on top is rank IMO.

Californication Wed 14-Feb-07 18:04:49

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camera Wed 14-Feb-07 18:05:33

we add frozen peas to ours

Chandra Wed 14-Feb-07 18:07:02

Green pest with broccoli is quite nice.

Black olives with the red one. Although that depens on how keen you are on olives.

ProfYaffle Wed 14-Feb-07 18:07:21

Personally my favourite is to add onion and cabbage stir fried in olive oil plus a tin of kidney beans and a handful of black olives. Yum.

katierocket Wed 14-Feb-07 18:07:40


Psychobabble Wed 14-Feb-07 18:10:48

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Tommy Wed 14-Feb-07 18:14:39

we just have pasta and pesto but with loads of parmesan on top and a nice glass of red smile]

Tommy Wed 14-Feb-07 18:14:56


MrsGoranVisnjic Wed 14-Feb-07 18:15:54

green veg


possibly crusty garlic bread


laloop Wed 14-Feb-07 19:06:19

I sometimes pan-fry some chicken, mushrooms and onions and stir these through

Skribble Wed 14-Feb-07 19:10:43

Normally just a sprinkle of grated cheese.

A bit of cream if I am feeling indulgent.

Some sliced red pepper if I can be arsed.

Some chicken strips if I am really going for it.

DS's favourite.

Mercy Wed 14-Feb-07 19:16:50

We someitmes have it with broccoli and mushrooms

Bekks Wed 14-Feb-07 19:59:42

Often add cherry tomatoes. Sometimes add rocket (both after pesto and cook for a minute or two). Occasionally if I have any I might add mascapone cheese to make creamy pesto sauce. Then parmesan / cheddar.

Mycupoverrunswithlove Wed 14-Feb-07 20:01:03

Lots of extra parmesan on top, good with mushrooms and onions, also add a little greek yoghurt to make it creamy

Monkeytrousers Wed 14-Feb-07 20:13:31

Salad on the side and a nice glass of red [mmm]

lazyline Wed 14-Feb-07 20:20:57

I add shallots and grated cheese.

Holymoly321 Thu 22-Feb-07 13:14:15

I add chopped up ham / and / or / sliced courgettes and mushrooms. LOVE pesto pasta but it is tres fattening!

NotanOtter Thu 22-Feb-07 13:16:34

lurve green one - my kids LIVE on the stuff

purplemonkeydavewasher Thu 22-Feb-07 13:16:43

chicken and cashews

bundle Thu 22-Feb-07 13:19:13

grate some cheese on top
we make our own <<showing off emoticon>>

JackieNo Thu 22-Feb-07 13:20:13

Chopped up smoke ham, pine nuts, mushrooms, bit of creme fraiche. Yum. But that's with the green one.

JackieNo Thu 22-Feb-07 13:20:33


jodee Thu 22-Feb-07 13:25:15

Mmm, fry, in a little olive oil, some chopped smoked bacon, courgettes and cherry toms, mix in pesto (red or green) and I usually add some water from the cooking pasta as I like a lot of sauce.

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