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DSCN0771                                                                               Ready to serve veg-pasta

Time taken:45 minutes in all

Serves: 4-6

Pasta is traditionally an italian cuisine.  Typically pasta is a noodle from an unleavened dough, of a durum wheat flour mixed with water and formed into sheets or shapes and cooked and served in any number of dishes.  Pasta comes in different shapes and varieties.  Pasta may be divided into two different varieties like the dry and the fresh pasta. Common forms of pasta include long shapes, short shapes, tubes flat shapes and sheets, miniature soup shapes and decorative shapes.

Past is generally  a simple dish but comes in large varieties because it is a versatile food item.  Some pasta dishes are served as a first course in italy because the portion sizes are simple and small.  Pasta is also served for light lunch such as salads or large portion sizes for dinner.  Pasta sauce vary in colour, taste and texture.  Simple pesto sauce is ideal for long and thin strands of pasta aand tomato sauce combines well with thicker pasta.  But of course it is one’s choice for sure. I relished it at my son’s place when he served it to us preparing on his own and i absolutely learnt it from him. Here goes my version of vegetable pasta!!!!

What you need to have:

  1. Pasta kernels- 4-5 cups

2.  chopped vegetables –  6-7 cups in all (like Broccli, zuchini, red, yellow and green pepper, squash,etc..,)

3.  Chopped garlic pods – around 15-20 (chopped lengthwise)

4.  Pesto  sauce – around 7-8 teaspoons

5.  Chili flakes – 1 teaspoon (as per taste)

6.  Basil leaves –  1 teaspoon

7.  Olive oil – 3-4 teaspoons

8.  Salt – as per tasteDSCN0756                                .                                                          Ingredients of veg pasta                                                  DSCN0754                                                                         Chopped veggies and cooked Broccoli florets

What you do with what you have:

1. Chop vegetables like capsicum,  zuchini and squash lengthwise so that it is easy to cook and matches with the pasta kernels.  Also chop of the Broccoli florets and cook it in the microwave oven till done as it will not be cooked well with pasta later on.  Keep the seeds of capsicum aside so that it can be used while frying garlic pods in seasoning.

2.  In a wide pan bring to boil around 1 and 1/2 liters of water and add pasta kernels to it and cook it along with 2 teaspoons of cooking and salt till soft as per your palate.   Transfer it to a collander and hold it under running water so that is not over cooked.DSCN0757

                                                                                              Cooked pasta kernels

3. Place a wide pan with 2-3 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame.  When heated, add chopped garlic to it and fry till aromatic.  While being done add capsicum seeds and chili flakes and cook till fried. DSCN0760

                                                                               Chopped garlic being fried in oil

4. When done add chopped veggies including partially cooked Broccoli florets and also other veggies and cook till  done stiring every now and then, adding pasta sauce in steps.DSCN0763                                                                                   Veggies being addedDSCN0765                                                    Pasta sauce being added to cooked veggies in steps

5. Finally add cooked pasta kernels from step-2 to it checking for salt stir it and serve hot transferring it to a serving plate.  As usual yummmmmmmmmm!!!DSCN0767                                                                          Cooked pasta kernels being added DSCN0771                                                                          Ready to serve veg-pasta

Time taken: 45 minutes in all

Serves : 5-6

Good to remember: 1. Use any pasta kernels of your choice.

2. Use preferably fresh veggies than frozen.

3. One can use any sauce of her choice.


12 thoughts on “Veg-pasta

    sujata said:
    May 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Nice..with perfect blend of spices it would definitely taste the best…

      prathibalrao responded:
      May 25, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Hi Sujata,

      First of all sorry for not responding instantly. I learnt it from my son who lives in the US, who told me that instead of the tomato ketchup, if one uses actual Italian pasta sauce it would be authentic and hence i prepared under his guidance and it tastes really yummy!!!

        sujata said:
        May 25, 2017 at 5:58 pm

        That’s wonderful..would also try it with authentic italian pasta sauce..thanks for the guidance 🙂

        prathibalrao responded:
        May 26, 2017 at 10:48 am

        Hi Sujata, Also kindly please pass on the link of this blog to your vegetarian friends!!!!

    Dinkar said:
    August 13, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Hello – I am little unsure whether you used pasta sauce or pesto sauce. Looking at the picture you put of the ingredients, it says pesto sauce (specifically, basil pesto sauce) which is green in color. The standard pasta sauce is tomato based and reddish in color. could you kindly clarify? I think the pesto sauce will be better, but I may be wrong as always.

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 13, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Hi Dinkar,

      It is Pesto sauce for sure as questioned by you. I have corrected it in the ingredients section and thanks a lot for the same.

        Dinkar said:
        August 13, 2017 at 5:38 pm

        Thanks, Pratibha – We will try it out now. I am sure the children will like it, and so will the adults !

        prathibalrao responded:
        August 13, 2017 at 7:26 pm

        Hi Dinkar,

        Thanks a lot for your response.

    Best Restaurants in Chennai said:
    January 25, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing this nice product.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 14, 2018 at 11:19 pm


      Thanks for your wonderful feedback which is always welcome!

    Gustora Foods said:
    September 10, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I love reading your blog,
    I love the rich texture and consistency of Gustora pasta. They pasta products are easy to cook and never fail to deliver a great taste.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 14, 2018 at 11:08 pm


      Thanks a lot for your wonderful feed back!

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