VEGETABLE SPAGHETTI

1Hello. You know my love for spaghetti. I have 2 recipes for spaghetti – cheesy spinach and aglio olio. Today I am sharing a veggie spaghetti. I hear lots of parents complain about kids not eating veggies especially carrots, beans, beets. I make lots of dishes in a week that includes these veggies regularly. This is one such recipe.

Its pretty simple too.

2INGREDIENTS:

Wheat spaghetti – 1 cup

Carrots – 1/4 cup sliced very thinly

French beans – 1/4 cup sliced very thinly

Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

Garlic – 2 cloves sliced thinly

Mixed dried herbs – 1.4 tsp

Salt to taste

Olive Oil – 2 tblspn + 1 tbslpn

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Boil lots of water in a tall pot. Add salt and 1 tblspn olive oil. Add the spaghetti and let it cook till al dente.
  2. While the spaghetti is getting cooked heat a pan with olive oil.
  3. Add garlic and saute till light brown.
  4. Remove the garlic pieces and add carrots and beans.
  5. Saute for 30 seconds.
  6. Sprinkle 1 tblspn water. Close and cook with close lid for another minute.
  7. Add black pepper powder, mixed herbs and mix well.
  8. Now add strained spaghetti and toss well.
  9. Adjust salt.

Serve hot.

NOTE:

  1. Play around with the recipe using capsicum, baby corn etc.
  2. Add ketchup in the pan and toss well to add a zing to the recipe.
  3. Add scrambled eggs to make it more nutritious.

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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

SPAGHETTI AGLIO OLIO

1Ever since I saw this being prepared by Vicky Ratnani from NDTV good times I thought…wow this is super easy and by the looks of it yummy. I wanted to try this from almost 2 years now. Problem was the olive oil. I know it won’t have the same effect if I used normal oil. And olive oil being costly if I don’t use and make different dishes then buying whole bottle of olive oil is just waste of money. But now I have many recipes using olive oil so I went right ahead and bought.

6Who doesn’t love spaghetti? Why to make the kids wait to visit a restaurant to eat nice spaghetti when you can make it at home. And why stop them? It is not junk food. It has the health quotient of olive oil, garlic and the spaghetti I used is wheat. Even toddlers like my son took an instant liking to spaghetti. I think the reason kids love spaghetti is due to the curiosity behind it. The art in picking up each noodle strap and placing it delicately inside mouth and chewing the deliciousness of al dente spaghetti is what makes them like spaghetti. Am I becoming poetic here?

Let me stop and talk about the recipe. I won’t tell how much of what to put. Because I too don’t know. I prepared it based on my hunch. And since I don’t know how to provide a measuring unit on the amount of spaghetti I used I have provided step by step pictures.

4When I got olive oil I instantly judged by its colour that it would be very heavy and I should use it judiciously. But then I remembered all the cookery shows talking about a good amount of olive oil usage. So then I added oil based on what I think is enough to coat the spaghetti equally with all the flavours. And the cookery show and my last minute thinking paid off J

Do ask me if you have any clarifications or doubts.

INGREDIENTS:

Wheat Spaghetti

Garlic Cloves (lots of it)

Olive Oil

Chili Flakes

Pepper Powder

Parsley or coriander leaves

Oregano (Optional)

Cheese (Optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take a deep pan with lots of water in it. Add lots of salt. Bring it to a boil.
  2. When the water starts to boil add the spaghetti. My spaghetti packet said it take approx. 8 mnts to cook. You can check in between if you spaghetti is cooked Al dente or not.
  3. While your spaghetti is cooking take a pan and good amount of olive oil.
  4. Add chopped garlic and let it brown. Yes it has to be brown for the flavour to be released in the oil.
  5. Once browned add chilli flakes. (decide based on your taste. I didn’t put much so as to make it mild.
  6. Drain the spaghetti in a colander and add that directly into the pan.2
  7. Add little pepper powder (and oregano) and give it a good mix.
  8. Garnish with chopped coriander (parsley). If you wish you can grate in cheese too.

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TIPS:

  1. Do not drain and keep cooked spaghetti and then prepare the sauce. Both has to be done simultaneously or better prepare the sauce first and the spaghetti.
  2. Al Dente is Italian word. It means that your spaghetti should be cooked in such a way that you should get a firm bite.

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