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Penne with Rocket and Basil Pesto, Avocado, and Tomatoes



4 portion(s)


  • 140 grams rocket
  • 15 grams basil
  • 90 grams pinenuts
  • 60 grams Parmesan cheese
  • 30 grams lemon juce, from 1/2 lemon
  • 35 grams Garlic olive oil
  • 10 grams olive oil
  • .25 teaspoon salt
  • pepper, to taste


  • 320-400 g Penne, dried
  • 1200 g water
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt, optional

To Serve

  • 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
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    • Appliance TM 5 image
      Recipe is created for
      TM 5
      Please note that the TM5 mixing bowl has a larger capacity than the TM31 (capacity of 2.2 liters instead of 2.0 liters for TM 31). Recipes for the Thermomix TM5 may not be cooked with a Thermomix TM31 for safety reasons without adjusting the quantities. Risk of scalding by spraying of hot liquids: Do not exceed the maximum filling quantity and observe the filling level markings of the mixing bowl!

Recipe's preparation

  1. Put all ingredients into mixing bowl and blend 5 secs speed 6. Scrape down and blend further 15 secs speed 6. Add more lemon juice, olive oil or pepper to adjust consistency and flavour according to taste. Set aside.


    Serve stirred through cooked pasta of your choice, cubed avocado, diced tomatoes, ham and parmesan cheese.

  2. Pasta
  3. Cook pasta according to recipe in Basic Cook Book:

    Place water into mixing bowl and bring to boil 10-12 min / 100C / speed 1.

    Add salt (if using) and dried pasta through hole in mixing bowl lid and cook according to the time indicated on your pasta package / 100C / speed 1, or until al dente.

    Drain (reserve some of the cooking water) and pour into serving bowl or thermo server.

  4. To Serve
  5. Stir pesto, raw diced tomatoes and cubed avocado through pasta.

    Add grated parmesan cheese to taste. I like lots stirred through and extra on top.

    You may want to stir through some of the reserved cooking water if required. 

    Season with salt & pepper if required. 



For variations, combine herbs and rocket e.g. parsley, coriander or basil

Add diced or shredded cooked chicken, ham, sliced cooked salami/pepperoni or other meat for a heartier meal

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  • Basic recipe, easy to make.

    Submitted by matoos55 on 29. October 2015 - 13:18.

    Basic recipe, easy to make. Thanks. 

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