CHEESY SPINACH SPAGHETTI

3Hey There. We humans categorize almost everything. Be it our dressing style or working style or even food style. So if it rains we crave for deep fried snacks or chips and if its winter we crave for soups. Then in summer we crave for ice creams and cold drinks. For busy mums like me we like to prepare quick one pot dishes like pulav or keep it simple with a quick stir fry with phulkas. For people who like elaborate meals will cook up a storm right from starters to dessert. Moody people will cook dishes as per their taste buds to cheer them up while health conscious people will try to include at least 1 teaspoon of health in unhealthy recipe.

1So you see we categorize everything and anything. And it suits me too. 🙂 So this recipe is health + taste + interesting. Even if you are not a big fan of spinach you will like this dish since its almost negligible with respect to taste here. So go ahead and make this yummy cheesy pasta.

4INGREDIENTS:

Spaghetti – 1 cup ( I used wheat pasta)

Spinach – 1/2 cup chopped

Garlic – 2-3 finely chopped

Black Pepper Powder – 1/4 tsp

Processed cheese – as per taste

Olive oil – 1 tblspn

Salt as per taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Boil spaghetti with salt and little olive oil as per package instructions.
  2. In a pan heat olive oil.
  3. Toss in chopped garlic and saute till light brown.
  4. Add chopped spinach and toss till they are cooked.
  5. Add drained spaghetti directly into the pan and mix well. Adjust the salt.
  6. Grate cheese as per your liking. Close with a lid so the cheese melts for a minute.
  7. Mix well and serve hot.2

WHITE SAUCE PASTA

3You know, we are driven by our fears so much that we often refuse to even try. One of my fears is baking. Especially since my microwave oven has some electric problems I am scared to try baking after 2 failed attempts. But you shouldn’t limit yourself. I always wanted to bake my own bread and I am glad I was successful this weekend. I baked multi-grain bread in pressure cooker. Yes you heard it right. Will post this recipe soon.

1Anyways today’s recipe is a pasta dish. A very famous one. Pasta with white sauce. Often people ask me if it is good to feed toddlers pasta or not. Well I use durum wheat pasta which I feel is comparatively safer than the maida/ flour one. Secondly, since I make pasta once a month I feel it is fine. It is much much better than store bought junk food that our kids are exposed to these days.

This pasta dish is also very simple and yummy. Next time I will prepare a non-veg version of the same. Try this out and your kids will love it.

INGREDIENTS:

Spaghetti – 2 cups cooked al dente

Maida/ Flour – 1 tblspn

Milk – 4 tblspn

Black Pepper Powder – 1 tsp

Chilli Flakes – 2 tblspn

Oregano – 1/2 tsp

Butter – 1 and 1/2  tblspn

Mixed herbs – 1/2 tsp (optional)

Cheese Grated (optional)

Salt – to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a pan heat butter.
  2. Add flour and saute till the raw smell leaves. (this would take 30 sec approx.)
  3. Add milk and cook till it thickens.
  4. Add pepper powder, herbs, chilli flakes and cooked pasta.
  5. Toss well so the sauce is nicely coated to the pasta.
  6. Top it with grated cheese.

Till next time enjoy. 2

PENNE PASTA IN ALMOND PESTO

3I admit I have not eaten much pasta dishes outside. Even when I order somehow I don’t get the satisfaction that I can get from say an Indian curry. May be that is my genes speaking. So I am trying a lot of pasta dishes at home and guess what I am loving it. So is my son. Spaghetti aglio olio was a hit hence I decided to do a different type of pasta. I love the title by the way. Its like P cube …hehhehe

Please don’t be like me and judge the dish to be complicated. Often we hear or see something and make up our minds that it will be tough. It is half an hour cook with the ingredients in hand. If you are a pasta lover then you will surely love this. Pesto is basically a sauce that has garlic, cheese, olive oil, herbs and nuts. Let me go straight to the dish.

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Pesto recipe source

INGREDIENTS:

For Pesto:

Coriander Leaves- a bunch

Almonds –  12-15

Olive Oil – 1/4 cup

Garlic – 1 medium clove

Cheddar Cheese – 1/2 cup grated

Onion – 1/4 cup

Salt – to taste

For Pasta:

Penne Pasta: 1 cup (any pasta is good)

Water – For cooking pasta

Salt – To taste

Pepper- optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

For Pesto:

  1. Add almonds in hot water and keep it for 15-20 minutes.
  2. After 20 minutes remove the skin from almonds.
  3. Take the almonds in a blender.
  4. Add chopped onions, coriander leaves, garlic, cheese and salt.
  5. Blend it up.
  6. Again blend it by adding olive oil slowly. This process is known as emulsification. (If you don’t have an opening in the blender to add olive oil while the blending is in progress then you can add all at once and then blend)
  7. Your pesto is ready when you get a smooth paste.

For Pasta:

  1. In a big pan, take lots of water and add salt.
  2. When it comes to boiling add the pasta and cook according to your packet instructions till al dente.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked drain the pasta and add it with the pesto in a bowl.
  4. Mix well and enjoy hot.
  5. If you want it to be spicy add pepper powder. (Optional)

It has the goodness of lovely coriander and almonds. What more does anyone want?1