Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Pasta Bliss!

You're starving, you want something tasty, you want something quick! Know that feeling? I do! It rapidly descended on me a couple of nights ago. And it reeked strongly of wheat cravings too :)

Quick ... tasty ... healthy ... wheaty .... pasta! PCC has this really awesome tomato/spinach whole wheat fusilli that picks up flavors really well. And I had a bunch of fresh bell peppers that I chose to broil before adding to the pasta. If you haven't broiled and sliced peppers before, I would heartily recommend that - the meaty texture and slightly smoky aroma is pretty awesome!

Seriously, this pasta took about 25 minutes to make and made for a fabulously flavorful meal!

Truly Presto Pasta!
Cooked and eaten in under an hour :)

Servings: 2

2 cups of uncooked fusilli
1/2 large red onion
3 cloves garlic - smashed
2 red/orange bell peppers
12-15 green olives
1/2 cup of red wine
2 T cider vinegar
1 T extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes to suit your palate :)
2 T crumbled feta cheese

Heat the oven to broil.

Cook the fusilli in water heated to a roiling boil per directions.

Slice the bell peppers into quarters and broil face down for 10-12 minutes till the skins are blackened and crinkly.

In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a pan and saute the onions for 4-5 minutes.
Add the smashed garlic and saute for a few more minutes till the onions turn translucent.
Turn down the heat to simmer and add the vinegar and wine.

Peel the bell peppers (pretty easy to yank the skin off once they're broiled) and slice them long.
Add the bell pepper to the onion mixture and stir for 4-5 minutes.
Add chopped olives, salt and pepper and stir for a minute before taking off the heat.

Toss the vegetables with the pasta, season with red pepper flakes and feta cheese.

Perfect entry for Presto Pasta Nights organized by Ruth :)


Miri said...

Love the colours....and the recipe looks delicious as well!

sunita said...

That does look blissful indeed :-)

Kribha said...

Looks very delicious and colorful kaykat. I love dishes like these as they are such a perfect fix for the last minute. But I've never tried broiling the bell peppers though! will try it soon. Thanks for sharing.

TBC said...

Hey Kaykat,
I made your cauliflower-coconut stew today with a couple of modifications. It tasted so good! Thanks for the recipe.:-)

evolvingtastes said...

Pasta is such a favorite of mine that one would think I grew up eating it. Have been really enjoying these new whole wheat varieties - healthier AND delicious, who would've thought!
Pretty bowl too.

Padmaja said...

That looks absolutely delicious!

Namratha said...

Wait a minute while a garb a fork, that looks too good not to dig into Kay!!! Pasta, I love Pasta...fab recipe :)

Ben said...

Thank you! Just what I need for dinner tonight :D

Pooja said...

My little niece , loves pasta very much , i think i should givethis a try when she is around , thanks for sharing ,it looks good and colorful too, its very easy to attract children to this kinda colorful dishes.....
Picture is nice too :)

Shweta said...

Lovely recipe Kay! Never tried broiling peppers, I can almost smell 'em!

aparna said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. Have to say pastas are a favourite in any form at our place.

sagari said...

beautiful pictures looks yummyyyyy

Ruth Daniels said...

It does look delicious. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

Cynthia said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah, :) where's my fork?

Rajitha said...

it is pasta the way you can add any veggie and cheese and pasta trastes good..btw. love that bowl

Latha Narasimhan said...

Nice recipe for pasta! The picture of red bell pepper is so tempting! :)


Looks lovely Kaykat!!

Sig said...

Lovely picture Kaykat... brolied peppers is a great addition to any dish.

Laavanya said...

This looks downright delicious.

Shankari said...

beautiful colors and the bowl..ooola la