Quick Toss Pasta and Garlic Bread

There’s only so much a girl can do on a winter day! If it is not the winter blues then it is the winter blues imagined! Cold, dreary, icy wind across the country and I one of the luckier citizens should not rightfully complain.. NC is still a wee bit in the south and we experience the lower double digits mostly at night. We never have to go through it during the day! Brr….If only I could hibernate.. I would gladly do so. So today was one of the days, I spotted gray in the clouds and a bit in my mane. Sigh! Vanity takes a severe blow and suddenly certain things become more lucid…Grey or no Grey, dinner time remains!

Ravaging into the pantry yielded many things, but I gleefully pounced on my container of Pasta ( whole grain one ). It also yielded a french load bread …A quick makeover with a dash of fresh herbed garlic butter and I would be set to go.

Quick toss pasta and Garlic bread

This is a minor variation from the earlier post– the spiced pasta one.

Ingredients :

  • Cooked Pasta : 3 cups ( cooked al dente)
  • Sliced sweet peppers : 2 cups
  • Onion , thin sliced : 1
  • Vine Ripe tomatoes : thin sliced : 2
  • Crushed Garlic : 2 -3 cloves
  • Red pepper flakes : 1 tsp ( optional)
  • Italian herbs mix – dried kind : 1-2 tsp
  • Dried parsley : 1 tsp.
  • Garam Masala : 1 -2 tsp
  • Curry powder : 1 tsp.
  • Oil of your choice : 3-4 tsp.
  • lemon juice : 1 -2 tsp.
  • salt : per taste

Procedure:

  • Cook the Pasta of your choice in a pot of boiling water and as per the instructions.
  • In a wide skillet, add in the oil of your choice and heat it up and toss in the crushed garlic, dried herbs, red chili flakes .
  • Add in the slivered onions, cook them and then toss in the bell peppers and tomatoes.
  • Toss them in gently, and salt this mix so you have crisp but tender veggies .
  • Add in all the seasoning and masala mixes you are using. Give it a thorough stir.
  • Now add in the pasta and toss it with veggies. 
  • In about 5 minutes or so, you should have nice and awesome mix of pasta and veggies.Perfectly seasoned!
  • Pile it on a plate, add a dash of lemon juice  and eat with a side of garlic bread !
Quick toss pasta with bread
Quick toss pasta with bread

Garlic Bread:

  • French bread : 1 loaf
  • 4 Tbsp of butter
  • Minced garlic : 4 -6 cloves
  • Dried herb mix : 2 tsp.
  • Dried black pepper powder : A huge pinch

Procedure:

  • Mix room temp or softened butter with minced garlic, herbs and a dash of black pepper.
  • Slather it on the slit french loaf of your choice, cut in thick wedges , bake/ toast in a toaster oven for about 4-6 minutes at 375 deg F or until slightly brown but crisp.

Dig in!

 

Quick toss pasta with bread
Quick toss pasta with bread

Tadka Pasta – Spiced, Indian version of an Italian favorite

Tadka Pasta – Spiced, Indian version of an Italian favorite

Yesterday was one of those whiny gripey days where you simply could not put your finger on the reason, but the general snarl quotient in our house was pretty high… Long day followed by driving kids around for classes, dentist appointment, project help, homework and more. So nothing unusual, but hey we all can have our off days right? But all of us on the same day is a bit of a mystery. Could be the advent of fall and shorter days, could be I stepped on the scale in the morning, could be a snarky conversation, could be a stubbed toe, could be a dropped glass mason jar, could be a drooping tomato plant, could be a missing credit card and a forgotten appointment. What an eventful day !

We all needed something different, not the usual. Borne out of necessity is this adaptation.. A fantastic fusion of cuisines for your palette.. A must try!

Cooking time : 15-25 min Serves : 4

Ingredients :

  • Whole wheat Organic pasta of your choice : 3 cups, cooked al dente
  • Olive oil : 2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds : 1 tsp
  • Onion: 1 , sliced in slivers
  • Tomato: 1-2 , chopped roughly
  • Mix of sweet peppers : sliced finely, 1 cup
  • Organic baby Spinach : Roughly chopped, 1/4 cup
  • Yellow squash : 1 , sliced thinly
  • Fresh herbs of your choice : Chopped , 1/4 cup
  • Garam masala : 1-2 tsp
  • Dried Italian Herbs mix : 1 tsp
  • Chilli Flakes : 1/4 tsp
  • Salt : to taste

Method:

  • Boil the pasta till just tender and set aside to cool.
  • In a wide skillet/ wok / fry pan of your choice, heat the olive oil and add in the fennel seeds.
  • Add in the onions and sauté till tender .
  • Add in the squash and the tomatos and the sweet peppers sequentially.
  • Salt this veggie mix so you have crisp but tender cooked veggies.
  • Add in the spices and dried herbs and toss it well.
  • Finally add in the cooked pasta and toss well.
  • Add in the fresh herbs, stir once and serve
  • Pile it on a plate and dig it in!