Thursday, November 14, 2013

Macroni in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Over the years Pasta has gained  tremendous popularity in India.  Kids & adults both love it. Here is my version of the most versatile dish.

Ingredients : for the sauce

Tomatoes                        1/2 kg        
Olive oil                         1 tbsp.          
Onion ( finely chopped)   1/2 cup.      
Garlic crushed                 1 tbsp.           
Dry basil                         1 tbsp.           
Chilli flakes                    1 tsp.               
 Peppercorns ( crushed)   1/4 tsp.      
Salt                                1 tsp .              
ketchup                          2 tbsp.          
Worcestershire  sauce.    1 tbsp.             

For macroni:

Macroni (1.5cup)              150 gms      
Extra virgin Olive oil        2 tbsp          
Onion ( sliced)                 1 large            
garlic ( crushed)              1 tbsp.            
Red bell pepper cubed     1/2                
Yellow bell pepper cubed 1/2.               
Carrot                           1 thinly sliced                      
Cheddar cheese ( grated) 1/2 cup.    
Method For Sauce:
  1. Blanch the tomatoes . 
  2. Peel their skin and chop them coarsely.
  3. Purée half of them .
  4. Heat oil in a deep heavy bottom pan . 
  5. Add garlic and onion . 
  6. Sauté onion on low heat till golden pink . 
  7. Tip in chopped tomatoes ,tomato purée , basil , salt and Worcestershire sauce
  8. Cook uncovered on low for ten minutes .
  9. Add tomato ketchup , mix well and cook for another 7-10  minutes . 
  10. Remove from fire . 

For Macroni:
  1. Heat oil in a large pan.
  2. Add onion and garlic . Sauté for a  minute.
  3. Tip in carrot and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  4. Now add bell peppers and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  5. Simultaneously boil Macroni in a large pan of salted boiling water until al dente.
  6. Keep a cup of water aside and drain off excess water. 
  7. Add the Macroni to the sautéed veggies.
  8. Give it a good mix.
  9. Now pour the sauce , sprinkle the cheese.
  10. Give it a good mix. If it looks dry add some of the reserved pasta  water.
  11. Taste the seasoning .
  12. Serve immediately with a bread of your choice.