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Red Chilli Pesto Pasta with Mascarpone

Red Chilli Pesto Pasta with Mascarpone. A quick, spicy and delicious vegetarian pasta dish. This is perfect for feeding a crowd or for a quiet night in.
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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  • 500 g linguine
  • salt
  • 6 tbsp chilli pesto (store bought or homemade)
  • 4 tbsp mascarpone
  • fresh basil (garnish)
  • parmesan (garnish)


  • Bring a large pan of water to a rolling boil.
  • Salt generously and add the pasta.
  • Cook your linguine for a minute less than the packet suggests.
  • Check your pasta, it should be on the verge of being cooked but with some bite.
  • Scoop 1/4 cup of the pasta water out and set to one side.
  • Drain the remaining water away and return the pasta to the pan.
  • Spoon over the pesto and stir well.
  • Add the reserved water and stir everything together over a low heat, until coated and glossy.
  • Divide the pasta between 4 plates, add a spoonful of mascarpone, a sprinkling of parmesan and some basil leaves.
  • Eat with gusto :-)
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