Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Pasta with Homemade Sauce and Breadsticks

Ingredients for the sauce:

Chunky crushed tomatoes with basil and oregano: 1 lb 12 oz can
Rasam Powder: 1 tsp (Yes I said Rasam Powder!!!)
Salt: 1 tsp
Garlic: 10-12 cloves
Bell Peppers/Capsicum: 1 medium sized cut into medium strips
Mozzarella cheese shredded: to taste
Oil for saute`ing

Ingredients for Pasta:
Elbow shaped pasta: 1 lb
Water for boiling

Ingredients for the Breadsticks:
Pillsbury Garlic Breadsticks found in your grocer's refrigerated section.


1. Boil pasta in water till done according to your taste. Drain water and keep aside.

2. Heat a pan and put little olive oil. Saute the garlic and bell peppers. Then add the chunky crushed tomatoes can and let it come to a boil.

3. Put the rasam powder and salt. Stir well.

4. Add the pasta and mix well.

5. Add the cheese and mix lightly and turn off the heat.

6. Just before serving, sprinkle some parmesan cheese.

7. Bake the garlic breadsticks according to the instructions on the box.

The rasam powder gives this dish a nice Indian kick. I guess you could even add a little jeera/coriander powder. I was trying this for the first time and I did not want to get too much of an Indian taste. One could also use fresh tomatoes and crush some of them and blend some of them to get that chunky crushed tomatoes texture.


At 6:42 AM, Blogger Menu Today said...

Home made sauce with Rasam Powder?! Sounds exciting.
Congrats !!!

At 5:29 PM, Blogger John said...

Very interesting. We make something rather similar (add green beans and peas and substitute sanbhar masala for your rasam masala), but I thought we were so weird that no one else would think of using such a combination.

At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Priya said...

Congratulations on winning VKN Low Cal Food Competition. Well deserved !!

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Vineela said...

Congrats fro winning the competition.
Keep blogging.

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Vineela said...

Congrats fro winning the competition.
Keep blogging.

At 12:40 AM, Blogger Roopa said...

Menu today: thanks. try it with little rasam powder first, and maybe taste it. You can add more later.

John: I guess even sambhar masala might taste good. The sambhar masala I use is made by my MIL at home, so its very very coarse ground, because for making sambhar we always grind it in the blender. Thats the reason I used Rasam powder.

Priya: Thanks.

Vineela: Thanks. I am too lazy to type up stuff. I will try to post atleast one recipe a week. :)

At 9:04 AM, Blogger Foodie's Hope said...


At 9:36 AM, Blogger Foodie's Hope said...

Hi Roopa, nice pasta dish! It is little different, thanks! Take a look at my kannadiga recipe, I think you will like it.
Congratulations for the win!


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