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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Spaghetti & Sauce


Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Tomato and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce seemed too long and descriptive a title, so I settled for the blasé Spaghetti & Sauce

Not all meals need to be exotic and exciting, right? Take the good old spaghetti and sauce, or mac-and-cheese, or even just rice-and-sambar, they can be jazzed up no doubt with our creativity as the limit... or they can be presented without much ado, as-is, hearty and rustic. Ah, yes, "rustic", a term guaranteed to perk up D's interest. (not!)

Anyway, the other day, we had this whole-wheat spaghetti with some peas and green beans, some herbs, tossed with a tomato-roasted-bell-pepper sauce - just the regular array of ingredients handy in my kitchen on an average day. It was tasty and hearty is all I can say.

And since I managed to make it on a weekend daytime rather than a weeknight meal, the picture seems to have turned out half-way decent considering it was a gloomy day and I don't have any special props/lighting for my photos than the good old Ball of Fire in the sky... so, mustering up the courage, this goes out to CLICK: Noodles November 2007 event created by Jai and Bee of Jugalbandhi

1 small jar roasted red bell peppers packed in water
(or roast the peppers over open flame or under the broiler)
1 can diced tomatoes
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, diced finely (optional)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh (or dried) rosemary
1 Tbsp dried marjoram
1 Tbsp dried oregano leaves
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp cayenne pepper powder
1 Tbsp paprika
salt to taste
(or any of your favorite herbs and seasoning)
Whole wheat spaghetti, or fettucini or penne or any favorite pasta
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup chopped green beans
(any other vegetables handy)
salt to taste
water as needed
1 tbsp olive oil

  1. Sauce: Blend the roasted peppers and tomatoes, bring to boil in a pan, toss in the other sauce ingredients including the herbs and seasonings to taste; optionally, I like to set aside a little of the diced canned tomatoes as I like the chunky texture it adds to the sauce
  2. Noodles: boil the noodles in plenty of salted boiling water till al dente, throwing in the veggies if using
  3. toss the noodles with sauce to desired sogginess, serve warm with favorite bread

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  • At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Madhu said…

    Noodles everywhere and loving it.Roasted red pepper and tomato sause is my fav too. Nice entry for Click.

  • At 4:03 PM, Blogger Kalva said…

    nice picture!!

  • At 7:04 PM, Blogger bee said…

    the ball of fire seems to have done a great job. :D thanks for participating in CLICK,

  • At 8:33 PM, Blogger Siri said…

    Love the noodles pic, Nice entry..:)

  • At 4:18 AM, Blogger Happy cook said…

    Nice entry, i guess we are seeing a lot of beautiful pic these days thankx to the jai and bee's event

  • At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Lilandra said…

    i love that. i would like to try it. now i need the push to do so.

    (i think i really love Click too)

  • At 1:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow! A friend referred me to your recipe collection and it is refreshing to see a variety of cuisines covered. And, I was surprised to see you doing so many other things - sewing, crotchet besides being a (full-time, I suppose) working mom! Where do you find the time?! :-)

  • At 1:43 PM, Blogger Sheela said…

    madhu, kalva, bee, siri, happy cook, lilandra: Thanks a bunch for your encouraging comments!

    and thanks to CLICK i managed to click spaghetti and sauce for the first time in all the zillion times i have cooked it for my family - always skipped photographing it as it was boring everyday food :)

    anonymous: how kind of you to check out other stuff i do besides cooking! Thanks!


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