Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Pasta Dinner



Continuing with my dinner series , Today my kids wanted to eat Pasta , that said I scavenged through my freezer to see what vegetable I can find to make it more nutritious .

This got me interested to know the history of Pasta, For me Pasta is as synonymous to Italy as Tandoori to India .Did some reading about Pasta and here are the few intresting facts .

Origins of pasta come from China ( How surprising !!) , Noodles were the first form of food created by Chinese using flour , prior to that grains were eaten in crude form .This travelled from China to Middle east , where Noodles were transformed into pasta(Spaghetti) .Its believed that Marco Polo brought Pasta to Italy from China during the 1200's . To know more history about pasta check here , and if you are ever interested in know how many shapes and forms of pasta exist check here


Pasta

Ingredients
1 cup pasta ( I used bow tie )

For Sauce
1 cup any kind marina sauce
1 cup green vegetables (soy beans , Asparagus pieces, broccoli )
1/2 cup frozen peas and carrot
5 cloves of garlic sliced
1/2 red onion

Process
1. Boil 2 quart of water in a pot
2. when water comes to a boil add salt
3. add pasta and let it boil for about 7-8 minutes until done
4. once done drain water out and keep pasta aside

For sauce
1. take a pan
2. when hot add 1 tbsp olive oil
3. add sliced garlic ,and finely sliced onion
4. add pasta and the rest of the vegetables
5. add sauce
6. add fresh grounded pepper
7. mix well and remove from heat , add grated cheese and serve hot

Options of making pasta are endless ,substitute whole wheat pasta for a healthier choice other options include chicken

2 comments:

Hotellunge said...

Chinese noodles doesn't have anything in common with italian pasta, it's like comparing baseball with soccer...

bye from Italy..
H.

sunita's world said...

Looks great, bet the kids must have loved it...

 
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