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 Del Monte Penne Pasta because the hollowness in this pasta scoops up more sauce and each mouthful will just explode as you take a bite.
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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..
I made this specially for The Del Monte Blogger Recipe Carnival by Indi blogger. You can read more about their products and stuffs by clicking here.. I hope you will love this as much I did and tell me how it turned out for you.
Del Monte 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
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.
|Take all your stuffs|
|I used Del Monte's 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|
|and transfer this to a large bowl|
|pour the sauce over|
|and toss with the hot pasta|
|throw lots of cilantro|
|and plate up..|