Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce


This recipe is a modification of classic Italian Paste Al Pesto. This recipe includes goodness of Ayurvedic herbs and spices that are dosha balancing and provide essential nutrients. It is ideal for a quiet lunch or dinner. It balances vata and kapha, and is good for pitta too when taken in small amounts. Replace normal pesto with the gotu kola pesto to give it an ayurvedic twist.

Good for all dosha

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes
Serves: 4 Persons


  • 2 handfuls of spaghetti noodles
  • 1 cup of Cilantro pesto or Gotu-kola Pesto
  • 1 t olive Oil
  • 1 t chopped Garlic
  • 1 t lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crumbled fresh paneer to garnish (optional)


  1. Cook the noodles following the package instructions.
  2. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water.
  3. In a pan, heat olive oil and add garlic. Add pesto sauce and pasta and reserved pasta water
  4. Toss in the lime zest and salt and pepper.
  5. Garnish with fresh basil and crumbled paneer and serve.

Serving suggestions

For winter and spring, sprinkle red pepper flakes.

Check out the Ayurvedic benefits of ingredients used in this recipe

Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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