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Pasta in Basil, Parsley, and Tomato Sauce Recipe

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Recipe of pasta in red sauce made using organic Farfalle, and mushrooms, basil, and parsley.
Author Mukta Tikekar

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes blanched, peeled, and pureed
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • Half of small size capsicum i.e. green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
  • Pinch of red chili powder optional
  • Pinch of black pepper powder or one freshly crushed peppercorn optional
  • 1-2 tbsp finely chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1/4 th tsp dried herbs of your choice optional
  • 1 cheese cube grated
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 3 tsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp organic sugar you can use regular one if you want
  • 1 cup Farfalle or pasta of your choice
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Cook pasta as per the instructions on the packet.
  • If you are making this pasta for toddlers, coarsely grind onion and capsicum in a mixer. (Grind them separately.) If you are making it for bigger kids, it's OK to chop them finely.
  • Heat a non-stick pan, add oil, and then add butter.
  • Add garlic, sauté for 2-3 seconds, and then add the onion paste.
  • Sauté for 3-4 minutes and then add capsicum paste. (Kalpesh didn't add mushrooms in Devansh's pasta, but you can add mushrooms and even zucchini if you want.)
  • Sauté for 2-3 minutes and then add the tomato puree. (If you want to retain the color of the tomatoes, soak them in cold water immediately after blanching them.)
  • Add black pepper powder, red chili powder, tomato ketchup, and sugar. (If you don't want to make the pasta spicy, don't add pepper and chili powder.) I recently bought Satvik's organic sugar and Kalpesh used that in the pasta. (Kalpesh says he needed to add sugar so that the sauce doesn't taste too tangy.)
  • Mix the ingredients properly and allow them to cook on low flame for 7-8 minutes. (Keep stirring occasionally to ensure they don't get burnt.)
  • Add dried herbs. Kalpesh used parsley, basil, and oregano. You can use herbs of your choice.
  • Mix the ingredients properly and then add chopped (fresh) basil and parsley.
  • Sauté for about 5 minutes, and then add 3/4 of the grated cheese.
  • Add salt in the end. Since cheese and butter (Kalpesh had used the salted kind) both contain salt, Kalpesh thought he'll get a better idea of how much salt to add after both blend well in the sauce.
  • Mix the ingredients well, and then add half tsp olive oil (optional), and cook the sauce for a couple of minutes more till it turns dark red in color. Kalpesh says he added the olive oil at this stage to make the sauce look glossy.
  • Add cooked pasta in the sauce, mix well, and then add the remaining cheese on top.
  • Transfer the pasta to a plate and garnish with fresh parsley.