Tomato Basil Pasta

The biggest inspiration for this dish was the delicious pasta made by my friend in almost no time. I have promised him not to mention his name in public. I modified his recipe by adding some vegetables. But otherwise, it’s a very simple recipe and in fact I consider it to be a part of “maggie-league”. It’s that simple and yummy!

I used Barilla Mezze Penne pasta but you can use any other penne pasta and boil it as per the instructions given on the box AL Dante. Most of the ingredients are to taste so just follow your instincts 😛

Ingredients – ( used for an entire packet of 1lb pasta)
Green bell pepper, cut length-wise               1 medium
Red bell pepper, cut length wise                    1 medium
Yellow bell pepper, cut length wise              1 medium
Onion, sliced                                                      1 large
Plum tomatoes finely chopped                      2
Mushrooms                                                      1/2 lb
Garlic cloves, finely chopped                        3-4
Cherry (grape) tomatoes                              10-12 for garnish
Basil leaves                                                      10-12 for garnish
Red chili flakes                                                1-2 tea spoon
Black pepper                                                   to taste
Salt                                                                   to taste
Italian seasoning                                            to taste
basil powder                                                   to taste
Olive oil                                                            2 tbl spoon
Butter                                                               1/4 stick
Parmesan cheese, grated                             for garnish
Boiled pasta
Alfredo sauce                                                  to taste
Vodka sauce                                                   to taste

That may look like a long list but almost all vegetables are optional.
Start boiling the pasta in a pan with some salt added to the water. In a medium sized pan and add some olive oil and finely chopped garlic on a medium flame. This is the most important step where we flavor the oil with garlic and then Italian seasoning and some basil powder and red chili flakes. Now add in all vegetables starting with onion, bell pepper and lastly mushrooms and tomatoes. Mushrooms don’t take much time to cook so make sure you add them last. Sauté all vegetables and mix them well.

Stain the boiled pasta. In another bigger pan, melt some butter on a medium flame. Add the boiled pasta with some salt and black pepper. Mix it well and add the vegetables. Now it’s time to add the sauces. Vodka sauce has the real taste while Alfredo sauce gives the pasta creamy, buttery texture. Now with the heat on, add cherry tomatoes, cut in halves and some basil leaves, roughly chopped. You can add oregano and Italian seasoning if you want. The pasta is ready!

Tomato Basil Pasta

While serving add some cherry tomatoes and 1/2 basil leaves and of course don’t forget the grated Parmesan cheese on top!