I only made the pesto which I used with Butoni Wild Mushroom Agnolotti. The pesto is outstanding -- great flavor. I used ingredients that I had on hand, i.e. walnuts, jalapeno pepper, parmensan cheese and red wine vinegar -- the substitutions didn't diminish the flavor - the pesto was still outstanding! Definitely will make again.
Cilantro-Serrano Pesto with Grilled Chicken and Penne
dory92064 Posted: 04/16/10
No Longer Registered Posted: 04/28/10
One bite and my eyes rolled back in my head. I am a cilantro fiend so I loved this. Hubby who I had to work from a hatred of cilantro to liking it even loved this. I used parmesan cheese and white wine vinegar. This was excellent. I tried to use my magic bullet and it all got stuck in the bottom. I hate that thing. I transferred to food processor and it did fine.
crs175 Posted: 12/13/08
This was very good. I made the recipe as stated except left out the salt (by accident). I also could not find the vinegar in the recipe, so I used red wine vinegar instead.
nwilker Posted: 01/07/11
Loved this!! Switched out the cheese for a Parmesan mix, used pine nuts vs walnuts, left the seeds in chili, used red wine vinegar, only used 1-1.5 tbl of hot olive oil, Came out great! Definitely was thick and the water from the pasta helped!
guinness4029 Posted: 05/19/10
Both husband and I enjoyed this recipe but using 3 oz of pasta, there is NO way this is 6 1-Cup servings. We had enough for 3. In fact when running it through Sparkpeople as 4 servings, I got way less calories. Will have again, but will up the pasta.
NancyKay Posted: 11/10/09
I loved this! It was easy with food processor and delicious. I used red wine vinegar as well as couldn't find the Cotija cheese. I didn't want to fall back on standard parmesan so I used an aged Manchego instead - and it was wonderful!
ykern23 Posted: 03/22/11
I used jalapenos instead of Serranos because I had some left over, but this was so delicious. The texture was great, the flavor was spicy, but very refreshing. Fast, easy meal to make and tasted great. I also imagine it would be a good summer lunch if chilled before serving. Will definitely make again.
ideesj Posted: 07/01/10
Wow, this recipe was delicious. The boyfriend actually thought, I had purchase a pre-made pesto. I followed the directions step by step but added the sherry vinegar when I blended the pesto sauce and added 3 chile serranos as oppose to 1 (pallate preference) Since I did not have a food processor, I did blend the ingredients for the pesto. I added about 1/4 cup of the hot water from the pasta and it didn't appear to make a difference. Great dish, fast, easy and really yummy!
PegCooks4U Posted: 11/19/12
This was one of the best pesto recipes that I have ever made. I used pine nuts and parmesan as another reviewer had mentioned.
sukeedog Posted: 06/09/12
Tasty! I agree that the recipe must be off - 3 oz of pasta obviously cannot make 6 cups cooked. Maybe they meant "about 3 cups uncooked" instead? And how can 6 cups of cooked pasta + 2 cups of cherry tomatoes + 3/4 lb chicken + all the other ingredients only make 6 1-cup servings? So confusing! But the pesto is yummy and unique, and we enjoyed this tossed with roasted red bell peppers in addition to the tomatoes.
ubfit2 Posted: 03/25/12
Terrific recipe! Made as directed, though correct dry pasta amount is actually 12 oz not 3. I think I actually prefer this version to traditional Italian pesto. Could omit chicken for a vegetarian option. We wil be making this again.
Sammyk Posted: 12/30/12
It's hard to get my hubby to express pleasure at a meal that is anything other than meat and potatoes but; I continue to try because that's so boring to cook. He loved this pasta and so did I. Easy to prepare and a unique taste for a pasta dish. Will definitely fix this again.
CKBrown25 Posted: 07/13/13
One of the reviewers of this recipe said "my eyes rolled back into my head with the first bite" which made me want to definitely try it. I can't say the same happened for me but this is a GREAT summer pasta recipe. Enjoy.