"Five a day" Pasta with Cucumber Yogurt
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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