Turmeric and chilli alternative pesto

Inspired by a suggestion in BBC Good Food magazine of homemade pesto made with turmeric, yellow bell peppers and macadamia nuts – I decided to add a spicy twist. The result was this bright yellow spicy pesto pasta sauce. A bit different to your usual pesto, but definitely hits the spot.


Serves 2

  • 2 yellow bell peppers, roasted
  • Handful of macadamia nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 finely chopped garlic clove
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of Crema Piccante Biologica (or other chilli paste)
  • Sprinkle of black pepper
  • 2 handfuls of penne pasta or similar

Cut the bell peppers in half and roast them under a preheated grill until slightly blackened. Put the nuts in an ovenproof dish and lightly spray with oil. Toast until just browned.


Put all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.





Meanwhile cook the pasta to the packet instructions.wp-image-1627099407jpg.jpg

Stir in the sauce so the pasta is thoroughly coated. Heat through and serve.



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