Since I returned back to Hong Kong in 2009, my childhood friends and I have been organizing an annual dinner party/event we titled, 'Chrismuhkkahwali'. Chrismuhkkahwali combines the best of all of our religious holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, and Diwali) and allows us to wear what we want, listen to all types of music, and have a fabulous cook-off and dinner potluck.
MY DELUXE PESTO PASTA
(Note: Feeds 30~40 people)
2 Bags of Pasta (Any shape you prefer)
2 Bottles of Pesto Sauce (or make fresh, depending on how much time you have)
6 Capsicums, I chose tri-color variants of green, red, and yellow bell peppers
1000g, or more, of White Button Mushrooms or Swiss Brown Mushrooms (I used a mix of both)
4 packs of Chicken Sausages, 5 sausages per pack. Can use more or less.
Fresh basil, I used 1 and a half cup of un-chopped fresh basil
1 Onion, sliced finely
4 Cloves of Garlic, sliced
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Turkey Oven Pan
Cook the pasta and keep in the pan to cool.
In a separate pan, brown the onions and garlic in olive oil. Once browned, put in pan with the cooked pasta.
Slice all capsicums as preferred. I like to have the crunch contrast, so I did not cook these. Add to the pan.
Grill mushrooms and sausages with no oil, this will make the mushrooms and sausages grab onto the pesto and olive oil like a sponge full of flavor. Add grilled mushrooms and sausage to pan. Chicken Sausages can be substituted with fried tofu, pork sausages or anything else in the bratwurst family.
Once everything is in the pan, pour two bottles of readymade pesto sauce into pan, and coat evenly by using your hands, wear gloves, the olive oil, garlic and basil can leave a pretty strong smell on the hands.
Serve hot or cold. Adding the grilled mushrooms, capsicums, onions, garlic and chicken sausages, transforms this simple dish into a deluxe party pleaser!