Tomato Basil Penne Pasta

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Yes, I have been MIA for the last couple of months ! Well, I won’t blame it fully on being caught up at work but also being lazy at times to being traveling the other times. I am just back from a vacation in Singapore and Bali and I just wish I never had to…Coming back from vacation felt so terrible that I wished for another one to overcome the feeling!

It was one of those evenings when I was creating an album from our trip and I started browsing through the pictures from our Europe trip last year. I came across this picture and it reminded me of those Pasta days in Rome. Before I could resist, I found myself in the kitchen trying to make my own version of this amazing pasta. Since, it is difficult to find cherry tomatoes here, I replaced them by the big juicy tomatoes.IMG-20150603-WA0005 (1).jpg

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups penne pasta – boiled
  2. 1 Tomato – finely chopped
  3. 2 Tomatoes – pureed
  4. ½ cup Basil Leaves – chopped
  5. 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  6. 1 tbsp Garlic – finely chopped
  7. 1 onion – finely chopped
  8. 1 tsp Chili powder
  9. 2 tbsp Mozarella Cheese – grated
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Freshly ground Black Pepper to taste

For The Garnish:

  1. 2 tbsp parmesan cheese – grated
  2. Basil leaves – few springs
  3. Oregano & Chili Flakes (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the garlic and onions and saute on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute on a high flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato puree and cook on a medium flame for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Add the chili powder, salt, pepper and ¼ cup of water and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Switch off the flame, add the mozzarella cheese and basil leaves and mix well.

When Serving:

  1. Just before serving, re-heat the tomato basil sauce, add the penne in it and toss well.
  2. Cook on a medium flame for 1 minute or till the sauce coats the pasta well.
  3. Garnish with parmesan cheese, basil leaves , oregano & chili flakes. Serve with some Wine and Garlic Bread !

P.S. Please share as much as you may like ! 🙂

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