Showing posts with label Italian dishes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Italian dishes. Show all posts

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pasta with peas and carrots


This pasta dish is so easy and versatile because you can use any meat and pasta you have on hand.A very good choice for Your Sunday brunch.

  1. 2 cups (500 ml) of Pasta of your choice, not pre-cooked  (I use macaroni and shells)
  2. 2 medium onion,finely chopped
  3. 1 big bulb of garlic (10-12 cloves)
  4. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  5. 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth 
  6. 1 cup heavy cream
  7. 3/4 cup water
  8. 2 cups shelled fresh peas (2 to 2 1/2 pounds in pods)
  9. 2 tbsp chopped carrots
  10. salt to taste
  11. 1 tspblack pepper
  12. 1tsp dried oregano
  13. 1/2 tsp dried basil
  14. 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon zest
  15. 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan plus additional for serving

Preparation
  • Cook onion and garlic in butter in a heavy skillet over moderately low heat, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add broth, cream, and water and simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir shelled peas and carrots into sauce and simmer 3 minutes.Add salt, oregano,basil and pepper and simmer until peas are tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Cook pasta in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water. Drain pasta, then add to sauce, tossing to combine. Sprinkle some pepper, oregano and Parmesan on top and toss again.
  • Serve with freshly grated Parmesan

cooks' note:
  1. You can substitute 1 (10-oz) package frozen peas (not thawed) for shelled fresh peas. 
  2. 1/2 cup  chicken boneless, skinless, cubed OR Pork(boneless, cubed OR sausages or any meat you have on hand.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Chicken and corn Fajita pizza


 This Home made pizza is really easier than you think,if you get some readily available pizza base then it is really quick and gets ready within 10-15 mins with different topping of your choice.In this pizza  i have used  fajita as a topping and believe me its awesome and really very tasty .
Fajita is a Mexican dish ,easy and quick to make.Just seer the meat on a griddle along with onion and bell peppers and served with Tortillas.What i do is i prepare this topping and sauce and  refrigerate for a week, so whenever my kids feel like having some fresh pizza just open the fridge and take out some fajita ,add some fresh stir fried veggies and its ready in no time and its a delicious way to welcome your guest too.
Ingredients
  • 4 medium sized pizza base
  • 300 grams chicken breast ,boneless (cut into 1 inch strips)
  • 2 Onions (chopped)
  • 1 cup Sweet corn
  • 2 Red and green capsicum
  • 2tsp chilly powder
  • 1/2tsp Pepper powder
  • 2tsp Giger -garlic paste
  • 2tsp Olive oil
  • 1 cup Pizza sauce(spicy sauce refer this link for pizza sauce)
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese,grated
  • 10-12 Tinned black olives,(pitted and diced)
Cooking Directions


  1. Heat oil in pan,add onions,stir on high heat till it changes to light pink colour.
  2. Add chicken breast pieces and cook, stirring frequently until lightly browned.
  3. Now add ginger garlic paste,chilly powder,pepper and salt and stir again for couple of minutes.
  4. add sweet corn and bell peppers, cook an additional minute or so until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  5. Now arrange pizza base on a flat board and spoon Pizza sauce/ spicy sauce and spread some chicken - corn mixture over that, and finally, top with olives and cheese.
  6. Microwave,high for 2 minutes or until cheese melts.
  7. Serve hot with oregano and chilly flakes
Chicken corn fajita pizza
Variation: Vegetarians can replace chicken with paneer /Cottage cheese strips


Saturday, October 13, 2012


Spirali pasta with spicy sauce

Fresh tomatoes, onion, tomato puree and olive oil make this basic pasta sauce. It great for any use - as a base for Spaghetti Bolognese, as a pizza topping, or with fried chicken.You may add dried red mirchi flakes to add spice to your pasta
 Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Ingredients
  • 500 gms Spirali Pasta
  • 500 gms Tomato
  • 1 big Garlic Pod
  • 2 Onion ( chopped)
  • 2 tsp Chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Basil powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce,
  • 2 cups Bell pepper ( red,yellow and green)
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp Sugar
Cooking Directions

  1. Puree 1/2 tomatoes in a blender and keep aside
  2. Heat a tbsp olive oil in a saucepan over low heat.
  3. Pour in the tomatoes, add the basil powder and tomato puree to thicken it up.
  4. Then add chopped garlic, salt, Worcestershire sauce and chilly powder mix thoroughly.
  5. Add the lemon juice and diced onion. Simmer for 5 - 10 minutes over a low heat and the basic pasta sauce is ready.
  6. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes, or according to the pack instructions, until tender.
  7. Drain the pasta in a colander and toss in a tbsp of olive oil
  8. Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in a sauce pan, Add the pepper cubes and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  9. Now mix pasta sauce and the cooked pasta and the chopped coriander or parsley and oregano Season to taste. Toss well to combine and serve at once.
tip: Find yourself with an abundance of tomatoes? Make several batches of this basic sauce and then freeze in meal-size portions!

Monday, September 10, 2012


Golden Chicken fingers with Spicy Spirali

Recipe by Preethi baliga

I have prepared this recipe specially for " The Del Monte Blogger Recipe Carnival.Del monte has got wide range of Packaged Fruits,Fruit Drinks,Ketchup & Sauces,oilve oil,black and red oiives and wide variety of pastas.In this recipe i have used Del Monte Gourmet Spirali Pasta , Del Monte Extra Virgin Olive Oil and two types of sauces Del Monte Tomato Chilli Sauce and Del Monte Zingo.My kids just loved this dish .I will sure going  to try some more exciting recipes using more Del Monte products
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Ingredients
  • 300 grams Del Monte Gourmet Spirali Pasta
  • 1 tbsp + 1tbsp Del Monte Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2tsp Del Monte Tomato Chilli Sauce
  • 2tsp Del Monte Zingo
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup chopped red and yellow bell pepper
  • 1tsp Garlic chopped
  • 1tsp Crushed black pepper
  • 250 grams Chicken breast( cut into long pieces)
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 2tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1tbsp Corn flour
  • 2tsp Ginger - Garlic paste
  • 1 Egg
Cooking Directions
  1. Method of making chicken fingers:
  2. Cut chicken breast into long thin pieces.
  3. Now marinate the chicken with ginger garlic paste, Worcestershire sauce,salt to taste and mix it well.Keep this for 10 minutes.
  4. Now beat one egg and mix into the marinated chicken mixture.
  5. Now roll each chicken pieces in cornflour and arrange on a plate.
  6. Heat a tbsp of Del Monte Extra Virgin Olive Oil and shallow fry all the chicken fingers till golden brown on all the sides.
  7. Method of making pasta;
  8. Cook the Del Monte Gourmet Spirali Pasta in 3 litres of salted boiling water for 9-11 minutes, stirring occasionally & drain well.
  9. Take a wok/pan .heat 2tsp of Del Monte Extra Virgin Olive Oil .In that add chopped garlic and saute for a couple of seconds.
  10. Now add Del Monte Tomato Chilli Sauce and Del Monte Zingo sauce and mix it well.
  11. Toss the cooked spirali into the spicy sauce and our pasta is done.
  12. Now take one more pan add the remaining Del Monte Extra Virgin Olive Oil and add finely chopped onion,red and yellow bell pepper and broccoli florets and saute for 3-4 mins on high flame.
  13. Mix chicken fingers and sprinkle crushed pepper and stir it well ,Now chicken fingers are ready to serve with spicy spirali
  14. Serve spirali in individual pasta plates and arrange the golden chicken fingers on top .You can garnish it with some grated parmesan cheese and some fresh parsley
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