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Thai pesto pasta

A Thai twist on my favourite lazy pesto pasta! With a chilli and coconut pesto, and plenty of stir fried veggies.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main meals
Cuisine: Italian, Thai
Servings: 3 people
Author: Becca Heyes


For the Thai pesto:

  • 40 g (~ ¼ cup) cashew nuts
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
  • ½ mild red chilli, seeds removed (or 1 whole chilli for a spicier dish)
  • 1 small spring onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large handful fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 75 ml (~ ¼ cup) coconut milk
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

To assemble:

  • 260 g (~ 9 oz) pasta (I used wholegrain)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • A few handfuls of various vegetables - I used red pepper, Tenderstem broccoli, mange tout, baby corn


  • To make the Thai pesto, add the cashew nuts, garlic, chilli, spring onion and fresh coriander (cilantro) to a food processor, and blitz thoroughly. Add the olive oil and coconut milk, and a pinch of salt and pepper, and blitz again until fairly smooth.
  • Boil the pasta in plenty of water, then drain.
  • Meanwhile, heat a dash of oil in a large frying pan, and add a couple of handfuls of vegetables. I used chopped red pepper, Tenderstem broccoli, mange tout and baby corn (the exact quantities don't matter at all). Stir fry for 5 minutes until the vegetables have softened slightly.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the pan, along with the Thai pesto. Mix well, and serve.


Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg