Feb 28, 2017

Penne pasta in pink marinara sauce

The name was different and so was the taste. I saw this recipe on the internet last week and decided to make it for dinner as the recipe called for very basic ingredients which I had in the kitchen pantry. My kids are a big fan of white sauce pasta so that is what is often made at home but I love spicy pasta, tomato pasta, pepper pasta and more.... When I caught a glimpse of this recipe I felt it was as per my liking and I would sure enjoy it. Gave it a try and the kids loved it too. They fell in love with it that I made some again for breakfast next morning

The recipe gets done in 10-12 minutes. Cook the pasta in one pan and stir up the sauce in another at the same time. Mix everything together and you are done to enjoy a tasty bowl of this super yummy pasta. It is perfect to taste with a little bit of tanginess from the tomatoes, a little bit of creaminess from the cream and cheese and the perfect spiciness from the chilli flakes and herbs. Sounds simple but the taste was filled with the perfect proportion of all that would make the dish perfect

Serves... 3 ppl 
Serve option... Hot

This is what u'll need...

Penne pasta - 1 1/2 cups
Garlic cloves - 4-5 
Onion - 1 medium
Capsicum - 1 small
Tomato - 2 small
Cream - 2 tbspn
Red chilli flakes - 1/2 tspn
Mixed herbs - 1 tspn 
Grated mozzarella cheese - 2 tbspn
Oil - 1 tbspn
Salt to taste

Here is the stir....

  • Boil water in a wide pan. Add salt and pasta to the boiling water and give it a good stir. Cook this for 8-9 minutes or till pasta is cooked al-dente. Drain excess water and keep the pasta aside
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a flat pan
  • Chop the garlic very finely and toss it into the pan when the oil is medium hot. Saute this for a few seconds till you can smell the wonderful aroma of garlic 
  • Add finely chopped onions to the pan and stir it till onions turns a little soft
  • Chop capsicum finely and add it to the sauteed onion. Cook this for about a minute or two
  • Add salt to the mix and give the mixture a good stir
  • Roughly chop 2 small tomatoes and toss them into a blender jar. Pulse them until you get a fine puree

  • Pour the tomato puree into the pan and stir well
  • Cook this mixture for 4-5 minutes or until it looks done
  • Add 2 tablespoons of cream to the pan
  • Season it with 1/2 teaspoon of red chilli flakes and and 1 tspn of mixed herbs
  • Stir everything well and let it cook for a few seconds
  • Add 2 tablespoons of grated cheese to the mixture
  • Toss in the cooked pasta and give one final stir to coat the mixture evenly over the pasta

  • Transfer it to a serving plate and grate some cheese on top while pasta is still hot
  • Serve it hot topped with some black olives

                                                • Cook the pasta al-dente to enjoy a little bite
                                                • Adjust spices to suit your taste
                                                • Recipe calls for fresh basil but I didnt have any so skipped it

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