Tuesday, January 16, 2007

MBP @ Coffee's !

Rooma here's my entry for the MBP... sorry I am a bit late... I had made this dish when I first saw the event on your blog.... but I guess that's just me.... I make dishes, click snaps... then make drafts with the snaps and .... then.... well, they stay that way.......
So any way..... I checked out a few blogs, bookmarked a lot of recipes but finally settled on Pasta, and the recipe was from Priya
The only addition I made was adding onion to the dish (but in a small quantity)
So without further ado, here is my contribution :

  • Penne Pasta - 1/2 pound
  • Ripe Roma Tomatoes - 1 cup, finely chopped ( Or 10 oz crushed tomatoes - canned )
  • Tomato paste - 1 tbsp
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, medium size, finely chopped
  • Red chili flakes - 1/2 to 1 tsp
  • Dried Oregano - 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh Parsley - 1 tbsp, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese


In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta al dente according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a deep skillet or pot. Add chopped garlic and saute` until fragrant.
Next add red chili flakes, dried oregano and chili flakes, saute` for 5 to 10 seconds and then add onion, crushed/chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, salt to taste and mix well.
Simmer over low-medium heat for about 5 to 8 minutes or until the tomato sauce has reduced a little bit.
Add cooked pasta, chopped parsley and toss until mixed well.
Serve hot with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Lesson Learnt : I did not have Roma Tomatoes, so I substituted with the normal onesand therefore used less than the prescribed amount .... Will use more tomatoes next time..... and get Roma ones.

VERDICT: This pasta tastes wonderful! The chili flakes give it a zing and Indians who like pasta (with a 'bit' of extra spice) will love it! A wonderful one dish meal... and you may be sure that this will make it's appearance frequently at the dinner table!!!!
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  1. YUM!!!! looks awesome!!!!

    No worries dear :) You are not at all late :) Thanks for such a lovely entry!!! :)

  2. Hi Manasi

    The pasta looks delicious. I sometimes add half and half to the the sauce too. Tastes divine.

  3. Looks wonderful Manasi, Pasta is so good on any given day...


  4. Look so great Manasi. Very nice presentation as usual. I love to read your recipe always. :) Viji

  5. Look so nice, could feel the taste. Viji

  6. this looks yummy !
    i love it , picture is good !:)
    good entry for coffee's MBP.


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