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How to Make Pasta Sauce with Tomatoes

18 May

This post is dedicated to all those who believe their culinary range is limited to cooking instant noodles and heating ready-made food, for whom pasta sauce means a pricey jar of red substance bought from the supermarket.

Please. Don’t let those packaged pasta sauce bottles burn a hole in your pocket and inject a million preservatives into your system. Making homemade tomato sauce for pasta is the easiest thing in the world. At least, if you go by this recipe I’m going to share with you.


3 Recipe Ideas Using Pesto

28 Feb

As promised, here come recipe ideas using pesto – in particular, recipes using coriander parsley pesto that I wrote about a few days back.

1. Mushroom and Cherry Tomato Saute with Pesto


Spinach Cheese Pasta

19 Feb

I love spinach no less than Popeye and cook it in a variety of ways. You’ve read some of my Indian recipes with spinach so far; now presenting a pasta recipe with spinach as its prime ingredient. Spinach cheese pasta should make spinach-haters too have a change of heart :).

You Need:

  • Pasta – 2 cups (I used fusili pasta)
  • Onion – 1, finely chopped
  • Spinach leaves – 2 bunches, cleaned and stems removed
  • Cream – 1 tablespoon
  • Milk – 1 tablespoon
  • Cream cheese – 1 tablespoon (I used Britannia pepper-cheese spread)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 teaspoons 


Tomato Olive Capsicum Pasta

27 Jan

Tomato Olive Capsicum Pasta

They talk of "trial by fire" as a true test of character – instances of it abound in medieval Europe as much as Indian mythology.

While one may question the veracity of such a test with reference to people, it does throw up interesting results when applied to fruits and vegetables.

I’m referring to roasting.

Placing raw whole vegetables on an open flame and slow-cooking them brings out latent attributes that you wouldn’t even know existed. Roasted capsicum becomes juicy and sweet, shedding much of its pepperiness; tomatoes take on a delicious smoky note.

This tomato olive capsicum pasta – with its key ingredients roasted – has a lot of character. It has been through trial by fire, after all.