Simple Pesto Pasta and Steamed Puddings!

Sometimes I just want to eat something simple and not so rich, I was wondering what to eat..then I remembered an easy dish I often to used to cook back in the UK.

Pesto Pasta!

You need some spaghetti (my pasta of choice, but it works fine with others), which you chuck in a pan of boiling water (bring it to the boil before you put the pasta in).

The water should have a sprinkle of salt in and a dash of oil (it stops the pasta sticking together, you can do the same when cooking egg noodles).

Cook for exactly 10 minutes (unless it’s quick cook pasta, then refer to the instructions). Drain the water off and mix it in a bowl with some olive oil and a generous dollop of butter.

After that load on some pesto and whatever else you have (antipasto, olives, mushroom and a dash of tobasco is good!).

Mix it thoroughly, it should end up something like this:

I used wild mushroom antipasto..

And black olive pesto..

After that (As it was a light meal, I followed with some awesome steamed pudding).

Steamed in the wok for about 20 minutes.

And eaten with plain vanilla ice cream.

Great satisfying meal, and very easy to prepare.

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23 Responses to Simple Pesto Pasta and Steamed Puddings!

  1. spiller November 29, 2005 at 10:29 pm #

    What about drinks? Expresso or just plain latte?

  2. nalexa November 29, 2005 at 10:49 pm #

    pesto is my fave pasta sauce.. i really miss it. I use to cook it the same way as you do when I was a student in uk. It was easy.. no need to cook the sauce. I found pesto sauce in cold storage but it’s expensive. Do you know anywhere else in kl I can buy it?

    As for drink, may I recommend red wine?

  3. ShaolinTiger November 29, 2005 at 10:58 pm #

    I’m pretty sure you can get it in Tesco too and it’s not so expensive.

    Unfortunately things like this are harder to get here, and more expensive!

    And with something like this I would prefer white wine, red is more for steak, or richer, generally red meat based dishes.

  4. Yan November 29, 2005 at 10:58 pm #

    Did you buy all those ingredients in Malaysia or did you ‘import’ them from the UK? I remembered when I went home to Ipoh last year I couldn’t even find a decent jar of pasta sauce… Had to improvise from tomato sauce (which tasted awful, by the way…)

  5. ShaolinTiger November 29, 2005 at 11:01 pm #

    Imported from UK unfortunately.

    You can buy pesto here though, I’ve seen it.

    You can make pasta sauce with tinned tomatoes, tomatoe puree, italian herbs, some garlic, chopped onions and basil, all of which you can buy here!

    You can add in some red wine to really give it some zing.

  6. victor November 29, 2005 at 11:25 pm #

    Tasty.. I love pasta. Just cooked vongolle last night.. This one is great too

  7. kimberlycun November 29, 2005 at 11:40 pm #

    thanks for reminding me that i haven’t eaten…

  8. eyerings November 30, 2005 at 1:25 am #

    can steam plastic for 20 minutes ar? won’t melt meh? 😛
    btw, love your recipe posts! 🙂

  9. ShaolinTiger November 30, 2005 at 1:28 am #

    Yeah you can, especially if it’s designed to be steamed like these..

    And you can see, the one on the left has melted slightly, the top has become misshapen.

  10. scorkes November 30, 2005 at 6:13 am #

    You make me so hungry. That ice cream is calling out to me!

  11. Heng Tan November 30, 2005 at 7:36 am #

    it easy to make your own pesto .

    basil leaves, olive oil, garlic and good parmesan cheese

  12. suanie November 30, 2005 at 12:10 pm #

    You can also make me some kthxbai 😀

  13. suspiciousbastard November 30, 2005 at 2:28 pm #


    I always think that pasta looks like some stomach worm. But I still eat pasta sometimes.

  14. in November 30, 2005 at 8:28 pm #

    Hey ST. I have this great, easy to follow recipe. First, get potatoes, carrots, onions, celery and dump in a slow cooker. Then pour in 1 or 2 cans of beer (until it covers the above stuff halfway). Then arrange chicken thighs on top. Pour on top of the chicken some tomato and chilli sauce. When its boiling and towards the end (which is a good 6 hours or so), add in hp sauce, black pepper serbuk. At the last 0 minutes add in cornflour to thicken. This recipe sounds weird, but try it, guarantee sedap!!! After that, tell me if you like it.

  15. kathlyno November 30, 2005 at 9:46 pm #

    i can never get my spaghetti to be “al dente”. its always either too soggy or undercooked. so lazy asses like me prefer St. Remo, you only need to add milk and butter, guarantee won’t go wrong!

    anyway nice blog you have here.

  16. nalexa November 30, 2005 at 11:48 pm #

    Thanks, I’ll try Tesco. How about risotto rice? This one is even harder to find.

    Well, I’m a bit strange, I like red wine so generally I have it with everything, unless it’s fish or seafood 🙂

  17. ShaolinTiger December 1, 2005 at 12:04 am #

    Just time it, from the moment you put it in to the moment you turn off the heat.

    10 minutes exactly is how you normally do it, a bit al dente is like 7-8 minutes.

  18. ShaolinTiger December 1, 2005 at 12:20 am #

    Hmm risotto rice, that’s a tough one..

    But you can probably get it in Bangsar Village, or maybe in Cold Storage.

  19. FireAngel December 1, 2005 at 12:31 am #

    BUTTER! must try that next time.

  20. KY December 1, 2005 at 12:43 am #

    I really thought u said “a dash or tobacco”

  21. Paul December 1, 2005 at 8:44 am #

    Nice pesto.

    Hey, a tip. Wash that wall! 🙂


  22. Kyels December 2, 2005 at 10:33 pm #

    Oh man.. Now I am truly hungry!


  23. rG December 4, 2005 at 1:55 am #

    That looks delicious. Love the blog, also!