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.
2 cups of penne pasta
1 tsp minced garlic
1 medium sized Onion cut in julienne
½ red pepper cut in julienne
½ 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.