Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pasta Parmigiana

Been on a small blogging break while my brother and I and our families visited with my parents down South. The last time we went was in December 2007, so its been quite a long gap now - however, unlike the last time I didn't manage to get any home ground spice powders since a viral bug laid me low first and then my parents.

But what we did manage to do is to feast on some delicious home grown drumsticks and mangoes - it was the first crop of mangoes in my Mom's garden since she planted them two years back and we were all really excited about eating mangoes grown literally in our backyard! The drumsticks were such a delight too - fleshy,tender and none of that hard bitterness you usually taste in Delhi.

It was a bit trying though, cooking for so many people including three kids and between my SIL, Mom and me we took turns with each of the meals. We tried to keep it simple most days sticking to traditional kozhambus, sambar, porial and rasam for lunch and phulkas,dal and sabzi for dinner. But after a bit, even this got a bit monotonous and my daughter was soon clamouring for pasta. Well, this is a really simple recipe for pasta and particularly easy to make for a number of people - no labouring over a sauce yet fabulous tasting pasta tossed with vegetables and sprinkled with parmesan cheese is ready in minutes. Served with some crusty country bread and you have a complete meal.

Pasta Parmigiana

Pasta - 200gms
Boil water with salt and a tsp of olive oil and add the pasta into the boiling water; cook for 8-10 minutes till just tender but not very soft. Rinse under cold water and keep aside smearing a few drops of oil to prevent them from sticking.

Tomatoes - 4 large, blanched, peeled and chopped
Garlic - 2 -3 cloves minced
Onions - 2 medium, finely chopped
Red chilli powder (paprika powder) - 1/2 tsp
Basil leaves chopped - 2 tbsp
(you can substitute with mixed dried herbs - 1 tsp)
Chopped bell peppers - 1 cup (I used yellow and green)
Grated parmesan - 3/4 cup
salt to taste
Olive oil - 1 tbsp

1. Heat oil in a pan and saute the garlic for a minute, then add the chopped onions and saute till translucent, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the chopped bell peppers and let them sweat till softened for another 5-6 minutes.
3. Pour in the peeled, chopped tomatoes,salt and paprika powder and saute for another 5 minutes till pulpy and soft.
4. Add the cooked pasta 5 minutes before serving and toss on a low flame for about 3 minutes.
5. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle the grated parmesan cheese over it while still warm.
I don't usually bake the pasta along with the cheese since it doesn't have a sauce and may turn out very dry.


Happy cook said...

Love the pasta and that huge bread on the side.

Arch said...

Mmmmm, nice...Have u started deciding on the bday menu too...U know why i am this interested no :) I made a very similar pasta for dinner last night !!

Cham said...

Guess u had great time in South. Pasta i would love it too :)

Miri said...

Arch - hopefully all will be upto your likings ;)

Bong Mom said...

You must have had a nice holiday. I was laughing out loud, reading your comment and your hubby's reactions. Now I know how it is on the other side :D I too said the same thing, "What so much money for that spa, you should have got a cheaper one" :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow pasta....looks delish....

bee said...

if so many people came to my house, forget about rotis and subzis. it would be pasta every day. or sandwiches. i hate cooking. :D jai doesn't like it much either.

Miri said...

I have similar ideas too Bee - but in my mom's kitchen - what she says goes!!

Red Chillies said...

Glad to know you had a great time with your parents.

Loved this variation of pasta. My little one is in that pasta phase now and so this idea helps me.

Aparna said...

I don't think I've ever seen or had a pasta I didn't like. :)
This one looks good too.

Supriya Nair said...

This one is a wowie...Luv the color of the Pasta..I miss Parmesan...