Monday, April 30, 2012

Penne Pasta with Red & Green Pepper

Italian is my favorite non Indian global cuisine. I have savored quite a few Italian recipes & not found a single one that I disliked. Thinking about my favorite would be like choosing a favorite child, but if I have to then my pick would be Pasta

Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italians cuisine, like rice/chapati for Indians. There is a huge variety of pasta in various shapes & sizes available in market today ranging from fresh to packaged. But I've observed people opting for Penne pasta more than any other category, I too prefer this one more over the others, esp the Penne with ridges (they are called Penne Rigate) as they help to hold the sauce better, giving every pasta bite an amazing flavor.

The most popular combination of Penne is with Marinara sauce although restaurants do serve other variety (i.e. Penne with Alfredo/Pesto) as well. Likewise Green & Red pepper are the best veggies that compliment the Penne pasta. 

So lets begin with the most standard & delicious pasta recipe - Penne Pasta with Red & Green Pepper 

2 cups of penne pasta 
2 bay leaves
1 tsp minced garlic
1 medium sized Onion cut in julienne 
1/2 red pepper cut in julienne 
1/2 green pepper cut in julienne 
1 cup tomato puree
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp red chilli flakes (or to taste)
1 tsp Italian seasoning (or substitute Oregano) 
1 tsp parsley (or Coriander) 
Salt & pepper to taste
Cheese (as much as you like)

Boil water in a large pot & season it well with Salt. Cook pasta as per it's package instructions. Usually penne pasta is cooked Al dente (firm but not hard) but I like to cook it extra 5 mins to make it a little soft. 

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan & add the onion and red & green pepper to it once hot. Sauté the onion and pepper (till onions are brown & pepper are still crunchy). Season with salt & pepper. Pour them from the cooking vessel into a separate dish. 

Now in the same cooking vessel add 1 tbsp of oil, once hot add bay leaves followed by garlic. Once the garlic is sauteed add tomato puree, cook it for 5 mins. Then add tomato ketchup, red chilli flakes, Italian seasoning, parsley, salt & pepper. Cook it for 5-10 mins on medium flame till everything is mixed well & the mixture has reduced in size, the sauce should have nice & thick consistency. You sauce is ready. 

Add in your pasta & roasted veggies into the sauce, mix well. Your Pasta is ready :) 

Sprinkle cheese (I'm a cheese fanatic and love experimenting, you can also pick different variety of cheese here to pacify your taste buds).

Serve it hot!!

Stay tuned for more Italian recipes. 

Happy Cooking!!


  1. Looks delicious

  2. Hi Shweta,
    Stumbled upon your site and like your space, looks like we both have entered the blogging world almost at the same time.
    Look forward to many more recipes and happy following you!


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