Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Easy Instant Pasta

Easy Ready to make Pasta

On Friday evening my Son suddenly wanted to have Pasta. He said he will finish his homework if we give him Pasta. I was too tired. But Instant Pasta was not available at home. So i made this easy pasta within 15 minutes. Couldnt believe it, it was soo yummy to have it hot hot.

Pasta - 1 cup (Penne or Macroni)
Pizza Sauce - 2 spoons
Tomato Sauce - 3 spoons
Tomato Puree - 3 spoons
milk - 2 spoons
cornflour / all purpose flour - 1 spoon
Frozen Peas - 1/2 cup
Capsicum - 1/2

Preparation :
Boil 2 glasses of water and add one drop of oil and add the Pasta and let it cook. It may take about 10 minutes for cooking. Do not overcook. Drain excess water and keep under running water so that it does not stick to each other. Keep it aside.

For the Pasta Sauce :

In a kadai add butter, frozen peas & Capsicum and let it cook for sometime stirring inbetween. Then add all the Sauces and the Puree and let it cook for 5 minutes. Then mix milk and cornflour / Maida and add to the Gravy. Add salt and a pinch of pepper powder. The Pasta sauce is ready. Mix the cooked Pasta to this and serve Hot.

Carrot Soup

Carrot Soup - A Healthly evening snack for kids

Ingredients ::
Carrots - 1/2 kg
Onion - 3-4
Milk - 1 - 2 glasses
Cornflour - 2 tsp
Salt / Pepper - To taste

Preparation :
In a pan / pressure cooker add little oil/butter and fry onions. Then add carrots and fry for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 glass of water. Now you may either cook in pressure cooker for 2 whistles or keep in microwave high for 6 - 7 minutes. When done, remove from fire / microwave and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Then blend it well in a mixie. You may add water according to the thickness you prefer. It can be little more watery than the consistancy you want it to be as we will be adding cornflour which will thicken the soup.
In the same pan in which you cooked carrots, add little butter and pour in the liquid. Allow it to boil. Now add 1 glass of milk. In a bowl mix 1/2 glass of milk and corn flour and add to the mixture keeping it in low flame. Now when the gravy starts boiling it will thicken and will come to a soup consistency. You may add more water or cornflour depending on the preferred thickness.

Add salt & pepper and your soup is ready to be served hot. You may also add a pinch of sugar if you like it a bit sweet.

P.S :: When adding cornflour, add little by little and keep stirring to avoid lumps. Also it is better to keep the flame low which will help in avoiding formation of lumps.

I have used Carrots for this soup this time. You may use any vegetable instead of carrot and follow the same procedure as above. Tastes different based on the taste of vegetables.

Serves - 5 - 6