Penne with tomato-garlic sauce/Penne Arrabiata!


Yesterday, my hubby planned spontaneously to eat out while we were just driving near our house to give dear son a round. And the funny part was that I was wearing my home clothes-a donald duck top and a floral print lower with “ghar ka chappal”, and he insisted me to enter pizza hut in that sorry state 🙁 . I entered and hid my legs below the table 😛 . We decided to take the order (chicken BBQ roll for hubby, veg pasta for me and veg. pizza for both of us) as parcel. And here comes the tragic part–when I opened the pasta box at home, it was a non-veg one 🙁 🙁 So to compensate for my yesterday’s tragic situation, I made pasta today for breakfast with loads of veggies and a yummy tomato-garlic sauce 🙂 The sauce was quite similar to the arrabiata sauce, but since I can’t bear the heat much, I didn’t add chilli flakes in it . If you like it, go ahead. Add chilli flakes and thymes in the sauce and skip soy sauce, and then you’ll have arrabiata sauce ready!

Here goes the recipe-


Penne pasta – 2 cups (I had a spoon of fusilli in my kitchen; so I added that too)
Onion – 1 small (chopped)
Capsicum – 1-2 tbsp (diced)
Mix veg of your choice (I’ve taken spinach, green beans, broccoli) – 1/2-1 cup (cut into pieces)
Baby tomato – 10 nos.
Garlic – 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
Soy sauce – 1/2 tsp
Parmesan cheese – 2 tbsp (grated)
Basil leaves – 1 tsp (chopped)
Oregano – 1/2 tsp
Salt – to taste
Olive oil – 2 tbsp


-> Boil pasta in salted water. Strain, run through cold water and sprinkle little oil to avoid sticking them together.
-> Steam broccoli, spinach, green beans. If you do not like steamed veg, you can sauté them 🙂
-> Now heat oil in a pan and add garlic to it. Sauté till the raw smell fades (do not turn brown).
-> Add baby tomatoes cut into 4 pcs each.
-> Add salt and basil in it and cover it with a lid and let it turn softer (Check it regularly. If you find it is sticking to the pan, you can add/sprinkle little water in it)

->  Add soy sauce.
-> Cook for about 5-7 minutes. Now add back pepper, cheese and oregano. Mix well and turn off the stove.
-> In another wok heat up oil and add capsicum in it. After 2 minutes, add onion in it. Cook till onion turns transparent.
-> Add rest of the boiled veg (sautéed veg) and salt. Toss it for approx. a minute or two and then add pasta in it.
-> Cook for 1-2 minute(s). Switch off the stove.

Now serve the pasta with the tomato-garlic sauce. Garnish with oregano and cheese. Serve hot! 🙂

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