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Sep 11, 2012

Penne Pasta with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce ( Indian Twist )



I crave for pasta very often..The cool thing about pasta is whatever you add is completely absorbed by those starchy pasta and makes it flavourful. Specially I love Penne Pasta because the hollowness in this pasta scoops up more sauce and each mouthful will just explode as you take a bite.


I tried a different sauce apart from the normal tomato sauce. I char grilled red bell peppers and used that as my base, there is something in the smokyness of the pepper which gives a nice flavour to the sauce.  I added some cashews to give a extra texture and it makes the sauce creamy.  I throwed some roasted cumin powder and chilli flakes to a little kick and lift. The whole different flavours gets combined when it hits the hot pasta and makes it YUMMY..

Ingredients:

Penne Pasta - 2 cups dried
Red Bell Pepper - 2
Tomatoes - 3 medium size
Garlic - 5 cloves minced
Cashew Nuts - 10 pieces
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Flakes - 1 tsp
Black pepper - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Honey - 1 tblspn
Olive Oil - 3 tblspn
Coriander Leaves - a handful chopped
Parmesan Cheese - 1/4 cup

Method:

Spray some oil over pepper and char them in open flame till their skin gets completely charred. Remove them to a bowl and cover them with plastic wrap. After 10 mins, remove them and peel off the charred skin and chop them.

Heat olive oil in a pan and add in garlic. Saute them for a min.

Add in tomatoes and cook for 5 mins.

Now add in salt, pepper, cumin powder and red chilli flakes.

Add in cashews pieces and mix well.

Now add in the chopped red bell pepper and mix well.

Transfer this to a food processor and drizzle in the honey.

Blend this till they turn into a pulp but still have some texture.

Now cook your pasta as per package instructions, don't forget to add lots of salt while cooking pasta.

Drain the pasta and transfer them to a bowl.

Add in the sauce and toss well.

Sprinkle in lots of coriander leaves and cheese and mix well.

Serve hot.

Pictorial:
Take all your stuffs
I used Penne Pasta, because they scoop up the sauce better
Start by roasting your red bell peppers
spray them lightly with oil
place them on open flame and char them
transfer them to a bowl and cover them with plastic wrap
now peel off the chared skin
and chop em
Now make the sauce...Saute some garlic in olive oil
add in tomatoes
season with salt and pepper
add in cumin powder
and some chilli flakes
now add in cashews
and fry them in the oil
throw in the bell peppers
and give a stir
transfer this to a food processor
I almost forgot this..add in some honey..
and puree them..I love the texture which you get
when you make a sauce in food processor
Now lets cook the pasta...Boil plenty of water with salt
add in pasta
and cook them
drain it
and transfer this to a large bowl
pour the sauce over
and toss with the hot pasta
throw lots of cilantro
and cheese
mix well
and plate up..

10 comments:

Princy Vinoth said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely pasta!my daughter loves it anytime!

tamilsasikitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so yum..Love this pasta.....

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh wow this sounds good. Will try this out later this week, thanks Diane

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful and super flavourful pasta,yummm!!

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said... Best Blogger Tips

love it and different method aarthi...
VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

hmm the roasting bell peppers must have added great taste in this pasta..

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy and delicious pasta...

Devi said... Best Blogger Tips

This is really yummy!!

Sharmilee! :) said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so tempting...perfect! Love that pasta plate...

Amina Khaleel said... Best Blogger Tips

wow... pasta looks delicious and flavourful... yummy!!