Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pesto Pasta with Mushrooms, Onions and Roasted Red Peppers

Pesto is one of my very favorite flavors in the world!  I can't wait until 
summer to see my garden overflow with those beautiful basil  plants.  
Until then I had to use some store bought Pesto worries.......
it's great in a pinch!  

This is a fabulous meal for working moms.  It's so fast to put together 
and tasty enough for company.  I made mine vegetarian but you can 
add chicken or shrimp as well.  Tonight I just enjoyed focusing on the 
flavors of the caramelized onions, mushrooms 
and peppers.  This pasta is pretty filling and feeds 4 people with HUGE 
appetites or 6 normal ones. I served ours with a French baguette and 
Caesar salad.  

Jimmy and the kids loved it!  I think everyone had seconds!  Once Ty 
is home from college I'm going to have to make this for him and Cassie.  
They both love Italian food and Pesto is at the top of the list!  They will 
think I slaved all day......... yeah....let them think that.........   ;)

Pesto Pasta with Mushrooms, Onions and Roasted Red Pepper

16 oz bow tie pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, slivered
1 roasted red pepper, chopped
16 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
7 oz pesto sauce (can use more to taste) 

Cook pasta according to package instructions.

Heat oil in a large skillet and saute onion slivers until they get some color.
Add the mushrooms , garlic and roasted red pepper and saute until tender.
Add cooked pasta and pesto sauce and combine well.

Jim and I have enough leftover for lunch tomorrow.  It seems a little decadent to 
have pesto on my lunch hour....... but I think I could get used to it.............


  1. Well, that's it! I've now started a Mika's Recipe File just to store all of my favs. In fact, I missed one from the other day...the Grilled Cheese, and I'm heading to save that. wonderful!

    Thank you!!!

  2. I don't like onions, but this looks divine.

  3. We are also pesto fans and this dish looks amazing. I think Bev planted a half dozen basil plants in the herb bed so we'll be in the pesto business soon.

  4. Mika, this looks delicious! Thanks for another great recipe! Have a wonderful and Happy Mother's day!

  5. That sounds so wonderful! I was just stopping by to wish you a very Happy Mother's Day!!!


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