Cilantro Pesto Pasta

Today's post is a bit different than usual. A few days ago I was flipping through my Everyday Food Magazine and came across this recipe. Since Kevin has finally decided to like pesto, as long as it is homemade, I have been thinking of all sorts of combos I could make. One that had really been staying in my head was a cilantro pesto. I adore cilantro, I mean seriously love it! I could put cilantro on just about anything, and if I see it in a recipe I am game to try it no matter what it is. So you know when I saw a recipe for a cilantro pesto pasta I was a very happy girl!! I had wanted to come up with my own, but hey, you have to have a jumping off point right? I figured I would get some experience with it and then go from there. Well, it didn't quite work that way. I never made the meal. How do I have a picture of a completed dish you ask? Good question, I will tell you. Kevin made it! Yes, you didn't miss read, I said Kevin made the meal. 

Actually it started off as Kevin doing something nice for me, or at least it seemed that way. I was outside visiting with Dylan's girlfriend Elitia and my friend Melissa when Kevin asked when dinner would be ready. I said I would be right in to start cooking when Kevin announced that he would be making the meal.

Me - I am on my way in, I will get it going in just a few
Kevin - No don't worry about it, you stay outside I will make dinner.
Me - *stupid look* Waaaa?
Kevin - What?
Me - Are you sure you want to do this? 
Kevin - Ya, I said I will make it. I mean what's the big deal? It's not that hard.
Me - *evil glare* Oh reallllllllllllllllly?
Kevin - Ya, how hard could it be?
Me - Go get 'em big boy!!

In to the kitchen he went with recipe in hand. I hear drawers opening and closing and mumbling.

Me - Do you need some help?
Kevin - No I am fine
Me - You sure?
Kevin - Well.....where is the ginger?
Me -  In the veggie drawer
Kevin - Oh OK. Ummmm where is the cilantro?
Me - in the crisper drawer in the ziplock baggie labeled cilantro. It is wrapped in paper towels.
Kevin - Oh, great idea. Uuummm where is the red pepper flakes?
Me - in the spice drawer toward the front, laying sideways.
Kevin - It's not here
Me - *walking in the kitchen and looking in the drawer* here it is, are you sure you don't want help?
Kevin - No, I am fine
Me - Okaaaaaaaaaay

On to the business of prepping and cooking he went as I sat outside the kitchen window on the patio drinking a cold beer. There was a lot of mumbling, a few damn its, and I think one oh crap, but he didn't ask for anymore help. The next time I heard from him it was to ask me how I wanted the presentation for the pictures. I was pleasantly surprised when I went into the kitchen. It was clean, nothing broken or spilled, and the food was very good! 

Me - Wow this looks really good!
Kevin - Thanks
Me - Wow it tastes really good
Kevin - See I told you it's not that hard
Me - gggrrrrrrrr
Kevin - OK well maybe it wasn't as easy as I thought it was
Me - Ya?
Kevin - Ya, I don't really want to do that again
Me *satisfied grin*
Kevin - But I want to see you try to work on a car just from reading instructions
Me - *eyeroll* 

Cilantro Pesto Pasta

1 bunch cilantro, 1/4 cup leaves reserved for garnish
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
3/4-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest, plus 2 tablespoons juice
1 teaspoon light-brown sugar
1/3 cup roasted peanuts, divided
2 to 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 pound spaghetti or linguine, cooked according to package instructions

In a food processor, combine cilantro, garlic, ginger, vegetable and sesame oils, red pepper flakes, lime zest and juice, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup peanuts. Pulse until a coarse paste forms. Season with soy sauce and pulse to combine. In a large bowl toss pesto with pasta. Roughly chop the remaining peanuts and sprinkle over pasta along with remaining cilantro leaves.

This recipe was also share on Baked in the South's Made it By Monday


  1. That was SO SO sweet!!!! And to end with a clean kitchen too :))

    It made me smile all the way through.

    I hope you too have a smile while I tell you I have awarded you the Awesome Blogger Award.

    1. Awwww thank you so much!! I am glad you enjoyed the story :)

  2. LOL I love that story and the recipe looks divine :)

  3. I so enjoyed reading this post and the recipe looks magnificent!

    1. Thank you Ann, I was hoping it would be as entertaining to everyone else as it was tome LOL

  4. What a darling story, Bobbi! The recipe looks mighty tasty.

    1. Thanks Jackie. We are a crazy bunch here :)

  5. I make a cilantro pesto too, but my ingredients are completely different! Yours sounds yummy!!!

    1. I have a few different ideas now too. Like I said I love cilantro LOL. I hope you give this one a try.

  6. YUM! I've got cilantro in my garden. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I am so jealous!! I haven't had the time to plant a garden this year. I need to grow cilantro because I use soooo much of it!!