Vegetable Pasta

vegetable-pasta

If you are trying to eat healthy and wish to have a filling meal then some pasta with vegetables is a good idea. When I was a student one of my staple diets was pasta, with a simple tomato sauce and sometimes the odd dollop of Greek yoghurt. Now I am much more adventurous with my concoctions of pasta sauces. This particular one was inspired by mixing Indian spices with Mediterranean vegetables, I was quite pleased with the outcome. I really felt like I was eating a healthy meal.

Vegetable Pasta

I used the vegetables that I already had and felt like experimenting with them, however as usual you can use what ever you like. You can add more tomatoes if you like your sauce to be more rich. I like to use tricolour pasta as it looks pretty and I also mix wholemeal pasta as my husband wants us to eat more healthy,  so we are all happy. You can use penne or any other pasta for this recipe.

Ingredients

Preparation time:5 mins          Cooking time: 20 mins          Serves: 2

2 cups fusilli pasta (or what ever you are using)

1 tsp salt

hot water

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp each fennel (varyali) and nigella (kalonji) seeds

1 courgette chopped

1 red capsicum chopped

1 clove of garlic crushed

1/4 cup each green and black olives

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

salt and chilli flakes to taste

Method

1) Heat some hot water in a large pan, once it starts to boil add the pasta and salt, cook until done (al dente). Drain and give it a quick rinse in cold water, keep aside.

2) Heat a large non stick pan, once hot add the oil and the vegetables and spices, and cook until tender.

3) Add the olives and chopped tomatoes, cook a further few minutes and add the salt and chilli flakes. Add the cooked pasta, mix and switch off the heat. After a few minutes of standing time you are ready to serve. Cheese is optional, as it tasted good with or without cheese. Let me know what you think of the taste if you make it.




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3 Responses to “Vegetable Pasta”

  1. Neerav Says:

    Hi Kiranmasi & Anjaymasa

    Just dropping in to say I’m very impressed at all the great recipes and photos on this blog and that you’ve stuck with it for the long term

    Kiran ~ Thanks for your initial support, it is a whole new world, which requires a lot of time and attention. All part of the fun. 😉

  2. Cornelia Okinaka Says:

    Thanks so much for this. This might sound weird, but I spent the first couple of years of my life in Italy, then travelled all over the world. Now I’m living in Australia, with my Chinese wife, and son we had whilst in Japan! Truly internationalized, eh? Anyway, I’ve been trying to rediscover the smells and tastes of my youth with some authentic Italian recipe like these, best I’ve found so far! Thanks again, I’ll see if I can add the feed to my google reader tonight, though my son usually does that for me!

  3. Carl Says:

    Thank you for the great recipe, looking forward to trying this one. We love pasta in the Royal Navy. Do you mind if i add this recipe to my site ?

    Kiran ~ I would be honoured, there are many others that would be good to cook in large quantities as well, for a vegetarian menu. Thank you for liking my recipe 🙂 .

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