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Coriander walnut pesto pasta!

on 28/02/2014
Yum Yummm!

Yum Yummm!

Yesterday evening, I invented this tasty Vegan + Gluten-free coriander & walnut pesto! The pesto itself is vegan & gluten-free! It is a really power pesto with sharp flavours!! Check it out below! You only need 1/2-1 tablespoon pesto on your hot spelt penne pasta. Just mingle it into the hot penne tubes pasta! Yum Yum Yumm! To make this dinner completely Gluten-Free, use GF penne!! I made my pesto cheese-free because I wanted to. Delightful, I assure you! 😉

This coriander-walnut pesto is Vegan + Gluten-Free!

This coriander-walnut pesto is Vegan + Gluten-Free!

Recipe: For 2 persons


* For the coriander-walnut pesto:

3 big handfuls of fresh cleaned coriander leaves & stalk

Maldon sea salt: 1/2 teaspoon, crushed finely

black pepper: 20 grins finely milled

1 fat clove of garlic, peeled & cut up

2 tablespoons organic walnut oil

2 tablespoons organic canola oil

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

16 halved walnuts, toasted & a bit cooled off, crumbled/ How to toast them?  In a dry non-stick pan for about 2-4 minutes on low fire, flip them over too, just to toast them & you can smell their lovely aroma. Watch the nuts carefully, you don’t want to burn them! )

* For the rest:

280 gr organic chicken fillets, cleaned, cut into bite-sized pieces

black pepper

sea salt

toasted sesame oil

300 gr organic light spelt penne, You need this penne pasta because the pesto will get into the pasta tubes & that’s what you want!/ To make it completely GF: Use GF penne!!

1/2 green paprika, seeds& white bits removed, cut into smaller strips/ Note: it is better to use a yellow or orange bell pepper in here because the green one is a bit too bitter in this pasta!!!

8 longer cherry tomatoes, cut into 2 or 4


1. Cook your pasta to your packet instructions. Drain well & keep warm.

2. In the meantime, make your pesto. Take food-processor & place coriander leaves & stalks in here, chopped raw garlic, crumbled toasted walnuts, 1/4 teaspoon of Maldon sea salt & 10 grins of finely milled black pepper. Mix until nearly finely mixed. You must still see little pieces in it. Then I poured 2 tablespoons of organic walnut oil in it & blitzed it again & again. Taste! It has to taste wonderful. It was a bit too bland for me so I added 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil to it because I know coriander goes so well with toasted sesame oil & blitzed again. Taste! I just wanted a bit more oil in my pesto but without taking all of my coriander & walnut flavour. There was enough walnut flavour in it so I added 2 tablespoons of a neutral organic canola oil. Blitz again & again & it came out just perfect! You must taste the coriander, the pungent toasted walnuts & walnut oil & a bit of the sesame oil! I added 1/4 teaspoon of Maldon sea salt & 10 grins of black pepper to it & blitzed again, one last time! This is one glorious winning pesto!!!Place in the fridge.

This will not give you a lot of pesto, but enough for 2 persons because you only need a little bit in & on your spelt penne!!!

3. Heat a larger non-stick pan on higher heat & pour toasted sesame oil in it & heat up. When hot, add chicken pieces & fry on both sides until browned & cooked through. I seasoned my chicken with black pepper & Maldon sea salt. When chicken is frying, place them on one side of the pan & on the other side, add bell pepper strips & fry them until softened & ready. At the end, I added my chopped cherry tomatoes & fried them too. Finally, I seasoned my veggies with sea salt & some finely milled black pepper. Keep warm. Now, plate up, place your penne pasta into 2 serving bowls. Add 1/2 tablespoon to 1 tablespoon of the fresh cooled pesto on top & in your penne tubes, mingle well. Then, top with chicken pieces & divide your fried tomatoes & green pepper strips over your penne. Serve at once with a loved one! I assure you, you want more. This is a more healthier, lighter pasta dish! 🙂

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You might like other home-made pesto like these:

1. Vegan & Gluten-Free sage walnut pesto pasta with sage roasted butternut pumpkin cubes!

2. Spinach & rocket pesto with farfalle & smoked bacon!

3. Penne with yellow cherry tomatoes, rocket leaves, home-made red pesto & smoked bacon!


60 responses to “Coriander walnut pesto pasta!

  1. boeddhamum says:

    Very nice tasty dish, Sophie! Coriander-walnut pesto: YUM!!


  2. lou says:

    Hello Sophie,
    It looks really delicious, also colourful too.

  3. Wow! looks wonderful! I am a big fan of all the non-traditional pesto recipes and your coriander walnut version looks like a winner 🙂

  4. Lauzan says:

    Very nice pasta, Sophie! Love it!

  5. Liz says:

    once again, you’ve made me hungry!

  6. Lovely Sophie 🙂

  7. Dina says:

    Great, tasty, I really look forward to try this recipe, Sophie!
    Big hug

  8. lucylox says:

    Yet another gorgeous recipe Sophie ( I hope it works as well minus the chicken ;-)) x

  9. afellowsapient says:

    Looks wonderful. I can’t wait to try the pesto!

  10. Ali says:

    This pasta looks simply delicious, Sophie!

  11. hotlyspiced says:

    I love this, Sophie. I love spelt pasta and I think a coriander pesto is delicious and the toasted walnuts and walnut oil would give wonder flavour. This is the type of meal I like to eat mid-week or when sitting in front of the TV watching a movie xx

  12. That looks incredibly delicious!

  13. Mary Frances says:

    This pesto looks amazing! I love fresh coriander.

  14. Poppy says:

    I love coriander!

  15. Suzanne says:

    How wonderful and different with walnuts and coriander yum! i bet this was one great dish and especially with those beautiful veggies too!

    • Sophie33 says:

      😃😃yes, yes, Suzanne but as I stated you need to use a yellow or orange Bell pepper for more a sweeter flavour than the green Bell pepper..😉

  16. Colourful, flavourful and delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  17. I love coriander pesto 🙂

  18. Yum, that looks so good!!!

  19. twbarritt says:

    This sounds and looks delicious – very interesting to use coriander in your pesto for some extra kick!

  20. Ina gawne says:

    Sophie Yummmm my kind of pasta!

  21. Karen says:

    This sounds very good Sophie…I just bought a big bunch of coriander.

  22. I still can’t stand the taste of cilantro, sadly (it’s the whole genetic disposition that makes it taste like soap) but this would be brilliant with parsley, no doubt. 🙂

  23. afracooking says:

    What a fabulously fresh looking plate!

  24. Walnut and coriander seem like a great flavor pairing, Sophie.

  25. Carolyn Jung says:

    A nice change of pace from basil. But I bet the cilantro haters out there will have to be convinced. 😉

  26. morningtear says:

    Looks really yummy! Might try this soon!

  27. looks delicious and what a great pesto

  28. laurasmess says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, love this recipe Soph!!! I am a bit obsessed with pesto at the moment so I’d love to try your version. Coriander and walnut is definitely something I haven’t tried before! xx

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