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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Pasta - for beginners!

Now I'm sure even before my saying it, you all very well know that there are about a million and one ways of making pasta. So, I'll let you in, on all the kinds that I know how - one by one.

This post - we'll start at the basics to bring those completely inexperienced folks upto speed with making a simple pasta.

Vegetable Pasta in Tomato sauce

Ingredients --

1 packet Penne Pasta
1 jar of Tomato Pasta sauce
-- OR you may just use Tomato puree
-- OR just finely chopped tomatoes - we'll work on it!
1 onion cut in small pieces
1/2 green capsicum cut in small pieces
a few white button mushrooms halved/thinly sliced
a few table spoons of olive oil(preferable)/cooking oil
Chilli flakes (optional or how hot u'd like)
Powdered Black pepper
Salt to taste
a few Basil leaves for dressing

Method --
1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions in the packet. Drain and put aside.
2. In a wide pan, heat the oil, then add onions to it. Cook till the onions are golden brown.
3. Add capsicum and mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes.
4. Add the Pasta sauce and bring the mixture to a steady simmer.

-- Here the ones using the tomato puree or chopped tomato with add that - then cook till the tomatoes turn to paste (Can add a bit of hot water) Also add a very small teaspoon garlic paste *if you like*. If the contents don't seem saucy enough - add some tomato ketchup!! *if you want to cheat! :P*
And bring the whole mixture to a steady simmer.

5. Add the boiled pasta and season with black pepper powder, chilli flakes *yes! I know I love my chilli flakes!!* and salt.
6. Pour in a bowl and dress it with parmesan cheese and basil leaves.


Please Note
- If you don't have/use parmesan cheese then feel free to use mozarella or whatever you have at home - just add that to pasta right before the salt n pepper etc. when it is in the pan and let it cook and blend in.
- The tomato pasta sauce is not essential - which means it should not stop you from trying this recipe. I make my pasta 99% of the time using puree or chopped tomatoes and get the best tasting pasta ever!!

So go...... make urself some.


Blogger shub said...

will try!:) mouth is waterin at the prospect already!:) darn, its lunch time too!

May 09, 2005 12:25 AM  
Blogger None said...

hmmmm slurp! I usually add a tad of garammasala to my adds the indian zing :D also, a lot of times I mix cream and tomato sauces. I love it that way :D

May 09, 2005 2:45 AM  
Blogger Khushee said...

Looks good! And easy to make as well!

May 09, 2005 4:22 PM  
Blogger Nupur said...

@Shub: :) yeah... n let me know how u go gurl!

@Kaush: Garam Masala! :D lol!!! Hey now.... we want to 'try' to keep Italian different from Indian don't we.. otherwise it'll all end up tasting almost the same! ;)

May 09, 2005 5:28 PM  
Blogger Nupur said...

@Khushee: Oh yes it is.... n very filling too! So give it a go!!

May 09, 2005 5:28 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

Really simple and manageable! Am sure it tastes great too!

May 10, 2005 2:38 AM  
Blogger Fun_Da_Mental said...

Oh that was for beginners eh? May be I should come back when you've posted some 'advanced' recipe. This one is too simple for me to try. :D

May 11, 2005 4:36 AM  
Anonymous swaps said...

hey so sweet of u and ur blog :) now toh I dnt need the recipes... but after august when i'll be alone in the US... :( I will need this :).... BTW ur suggested cooking site is also gud

May 11, 2005 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Mayura said...

It sounds great. I do a similar one...but use olives instead of mushrooms(my husband hates mushrooms).
If I may...I could suggest another delicious pasta recipe. Its a twist on the original Pasta Primavera. Though it looks like am using a lot of shrinks when cooked. The following recipe serves abt 2-3 people.

Chop 1 onion, 2 carrots, 1 red capsicum, 1 zucchini or 1 green capsicum into thin strips. Spread them out on a baking sheet. Add olive oil, salt, pepper, mixed dry herbs (i used dried basil and oregano)and mix to make sure all vegetables are coated. Put them in the oven at 350F for 20 min. Add it to cooked and drained pasta. Add a handful of chopped tomatoes and cheese. Mix and serve. It only takes abt 20 min to make and contains fresh veggies.

May 12, 2005 6:57 AM  
Anonymous divya said...

cool...........similar to wat we make.......n thanks mayura.......will try that too.....:-)

May 13, 2005 4:47 AM  
Anonymous Poonam said...

yummm delicious! Very easy to make...definitely a good place to start for a new cook as well. :)

May 15, 2005 8:10 PM  
Blogger Prasad said...

pastas... hmm i like Italian food.. would try this when i get a chance.. :)

May 16, 2005 5:18 AM  
Blogger Rings said...

i tried it. It was great.. except for, little too much salt. lol! thanks anyways!! :)

May 17, 2005 2:36 AM  
Blogger Deepak Jeswal said...

Hey Nupur, just made the "Curd Rice" and it turned out wonderful. Thanks sooooooo much. Ur recipes are real delight for us singles here.

Waise, tomorrow will be pasta's turn. I had a half used packet lying with me ... pata nahin tha kya karunga. Now i know. And yes, me is going to be the puree waali cat. cook.

Thanks sooooo much again!

May 21, 2005 2:18 AM  
Blogger Nupur said...

@Anumita: You wont know how good till you try it! :P

@Fundoo: If you have pasta recipes - i'd love to hear from you mate!

@Swaps: Thanks so much! Well if you will need these recipes then you better make a note for future reference ..huh! ;)

May 24, 2005 9:26 AM  
Blogger Nupur said...

@Mayura: Thanks so very much for the suggestion!
It was great.... would love to hear more from you in future!

@Divya: Thanks gurl! :)

@Poonam: Thanks... so how did u go?

May 24, 2005 9:28 AM  
Blogger Nupur said...

@Prasad: So you should! :D

@Rings: *tch tch* no worries. There's always a 'next time'! ;)

@Deepak: Good on you mate! I'm so glad that I could be of help. There are many more recipes coming your way soon.......

May 24, 2005 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Ricky2Nupur said...

Pasta is next on my agenda. I am already loving your curd rice. Thank You so much Nupur. You are awesome and so are your receipes. Love 'em.

June 01, 2005 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Ricky2Nupur said...

I am right now eating Pasta that I made using your receipe. It's so so good. Love it. I used Mushroom and Ramano Cheese Tomato Sauce just to keep consistency with the actual recipe. The quantity is enough to last me couple of days. Excellent.

I just wanted to say that we (speaking from everyone's side) really appreciate what you are doing. The receipes are very easy, yummy and the cooking method is very well explained. Thank You very much...

June 05, 2005 11:15 PM  
Blogger Fursat said...

hey i tried DJ and Ricky recommended..its too yummy...i m having it 1st time. though i add tomato sauce in it...and aloo-capicum sabzi in it...

it still yummy...

June 12, 2005 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow.... similar to my receipe too..but sure will try your style too.. i would like to try pasta with some white sauce no clue how to do that... any suggestion...

January 24, 2006 7:00 AM  

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