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"Five a day" Pasta with Cucumber Yogurt

Saturday, September 22, 2012 8 Comments

Finally I am writing a recipe on my blog. Thanks to Del Monte Blogger Recipe contest.

"Five a day" Pasta with cucumber flavored yogurt

What is Five a day? Its one of my favorite pasta recipe which aims to bring all five colors on the palate.

"5 a day" Pasta (serves 2; prep time: less than 30 mins) 
Del Monte Extra Virgin Oil (2-3 tbsp)
Del Monte Pasta (Sphagetti, Lasagna or Rigate- as per choice)
Del Monte Sliced Olives (Plain Green & Black assorted)
Garlic (2 teaspoon; finely chopped)
Del Monte Pasta Sauce- Veg Bolognese ( 2-3 tbsp)
Bowl of Vegetables (par boiled & diced): Del Monte canned Corn, Capsicum (Green, Red & Yellow), Broccoli
Onions (Diced-  2 tbsp)
Green Onion leaves (finely chopped)

Boil the pasta in salted water for 8-10 minutes, add 1/2 spoon of oil to avoid sticking. Take the boiled pasta on sieve and run through cold water.

In a heated wok, add Olive oil,  the diced and half boiled vegetable, saute without crushing them. Add Pasta Sauce, stir well. Taste the salt etc, stir well, add the sliced olives, stir and add the pasta. (Egg lovers can use egg pasta or add diced boiled eggs)

Mix well till the sauce and veggies blends well in pasta. Pasta is ready to serve, ready to savor. You can use the following tips to serve-

Serving Tip no 1: Serve the hot pasta on a long white plate,Garnish with chopped green onions. Cheese lovers can alternatively garnish it with shredded Parmesan cheese, add two long slices of olives with basil leaves

Serving tip no 2: (For egg lovers) Take a boiled egg, cut from top in four long slices and place in middle of the pasta.

Cucumber flavored Yogurt
Take fresh yogurt in a bowl, add 2 pinch of rock salt, 1/2 teaspoon of freshly roasted cummin powder, 1 piece sliced cherry (without seed); two crushed basil leaves. Blend all well using a hand blender.

Take a fresh, green cucumber, shred it and mix it to the blended yogurt and serve with the Pasta.

Tip: cooking for kids, use a lesser portion of sauce to minimize spices in pasta. Alternatively use plain tomato puree.


You can make the same pasta in stir fry mode. Cook Pasta and vegetables separately.
Pasta: Add 2 tbsp of Olive oil in a wok, heat a bit. Add the boiled pasta, stir and done.
Vegetables: Cook the veggies as above separately

Take a plate, spread the pasta. Pour a scoop of cooked veggies atop, add shredded cheese and garnish with two slice of Green Olives / boiled egg slices.

You can serve this with cheese garlic bread too.

I wish I can add pics here but due to time constraints and non availability of kitchen, I regret not having them)

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Bon Appetite!

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  1. Ekta, I have to hand it to you. This dish is cool. Fedex some left overs. Italian foods are more tasty the next day.

  2. honestly, it would have been really good if you would have posted a picture of the cooked dish.

    hmhm-- would have added relish to the post. :)

    1. I too would have loved to do that. Unfortunately I don't have the pic at present...but mever mind..whenever i get, will do so.

      In the meantime, pl do try this fab and healthy recipe and share ur feedbacks. Yup, if you can post those pics wud be an icing on the cake oops pasta :)

  3. thanks for sharing...

  4. Hi Ekta. This is a really nice blog you have here, especially the food post above. I wanted to invite you to an event that my company is organizing .i.e. Delhi's first FOODATHON. To be precise, this is the Philips FOODATHON, as Philips is the prime sponsor and we have others like The [V] Spot Cafe and Dunkin Donuts too.

    FOODATHON is a platform where Delhi's online food influencers (mainly food bloggers) will come together to network, to celebrate their love for food, to hear from food experts and F&B brands.

    Request if you could please share your contact number and email id, so i could share an invite with you. My email id is


    1. Thanks Karan...It was a wonderful event and I loved being there :)

      Was really eyeing that air fryer..lolz it sounded good and gonna recommend to my friends. All the best...Loved the contest n all the interactions


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