Hope you’re having a good weekend! So I have been getting a lot of requests to post recipes for a while now (on Instagram where I put food pictures sometimes) so I’m kicking off a recipe section this weekend starting with a Spicy Pasta recipe! I am a big foodie and the love for food and cooking has a big place in my heart! I experiment quite a bit with food so I hope you will enjoy this section!
In this blog post, I’m talking about a Spicy tomato-cream based pasta that I made earlier this week which turned out quite yummy. I generally do a white sauce creamy pasta or a tangy tomato sauce based pasta but I tried something new this time by combining tomato, some cream and a generous dose of chillies for this one – and it turned out delicious. And I don’t even like spicy food so that is something!
A little disclaimer before I start talking about this dish. Its not a traditional Italian recipe, I’ve put in ingredients which don’t figure in Italian cooking but appeal to my taste buds. So you can omit those if you don’t like them or do not have access to them.
What you need (for 2 servings):
- Cooking Oil : 2 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon (I used Olive Oil)
- Spaghetti (or any pasta of your choice) : about 125 g /half a packet
- Sambhar Masala** (to taste, about 1 tablespoon)
- Tomatoes : 2 medium sized (chopped finely) or half a can (if using canned)
- Capsicum : 2 medium /1 large (chopped finely)
- Cream : depending on heaviness of the cream. I used about 100 ml of a light, thin cream. If using heavier cream (like Amul fresh cream), reduce the quantity accordingly so that it doesn’t overpower the tomato and chillies.
- Cheese : 2 tablespoons of grated cheese
- Salt, pepper : to taste
- Chilli flakes : 1.5 tablespoons (can reduce or increase according to preference)
- Parmesan Cheese (to garnish)
**Sambhar Masala is my secret ingredient for a lot of recipes. It adds a lovely flavor and you can’t really tell that its there! Its one of my favorite ways to “Indianize” a recipe to appeal to the taste buds!
Step-by-Step Recipe :
1. Boil water in a large pot, add some salt and put in the pasta when the water in sufficiently hot.
2. While the pasta cooks, chop the tomatoes and capsicum.
3. Keep a tab on the pasta while it is cooking. Keep tasting to check if it is cooked all the way in. Once the pasta is cooked, turn the heat off, strain the pasta in a large sieve/colander to drain off the hot water and wash the pasta gently under cold water to stop the cooking. Once washed, add half a spoonful of oil to the pasta and mix well. This will ensure that the pasta will not stick together.
4. Heat 2 spoonfuls of oil in a pan and once the oil is hot, add the sambhar masala.
5. After about half a minute or till you get the nice aroma of the masala cooking, add in the tomatoes and cook for about 2 minutes on medium flame.
6. Add in the capsicum and cream at this point and mix well. Add salt, black pepper (use a pepper mill if possible, the freshly ground pepper has a wonderful flavor) and red chilli flakes to the mixture.
7. Let the mixture cook for about a minute or two. Then add in the cheese.
8. Add in a cooked pasta after half a minute. We don’t want the cheese to be cooking in the sauce too long. As soon as it melts, add in the pasta and mix everything well.
9. Let the pasta cook for about 2-3 minutes. The sauce should have coated the pasta well and should not be too watery. If its watery, let it cook a little longer till the sauce has thickened.
10. Serve hot garnished with chilli flakes and parmesan cheese. Your spicy pasta is ready to eat!!
Optional Tip : I also like to add half a spoonful of Olive Oil to the pan once the pasta is done and the heat is turned off, just before serving. It makes the pasta glisten beautifully and you get the flavor in there as well.
[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Hope you liked this post! Unfortunately I did not have more pictures for this, I had just put up 1 picture on Instagram and decided to post the recipe because so many of you asked for it! I will take more pictures for upcoming recipe posts.
Are you a fellow pasta lover? If you try out this recipe, do let me know how it turns out! [/note]