As a fashion & lifestyle blogger, people expect me not to understand food. The fact is,I am a foodie . I struggle with rotis and I fail to fry the favorite Puri. But when it comes to exotic ingredients , I am blessed with an unusual passion. If you have seen my instagram page for those decorative breakfasts I create , you will know my love for all foods unique. My biggest inspiration is food I have at various global cuisine restaurants- something I like exploring with my better half every weekend in Mumbai.
There is something about food that is made with few ingredients ,is simple ,yet delicious. Passion stirs the magic. For me, the humble pasta is the simplest food I toss in my kitchen - with a lot of passion & care.
Coincidently ,my first trip outside India was to Italy. I chose Italy because- I loved italian food ! 8 days of only pizza and pasta made me the happiest girl in the world. I was conservative with food choices so that I could save money. I always had only Margherita Pizza or Spaghetti alla puttanesca (Spaghetti in tomato,garlic,capers sauce). It was funny but I never tired of this combination. In the night we would buy some more pasta and cook it at our service apartment. I loved visiting the supermarket in Venice to buy me some local ingredients. It exposed me to new ingredients like Sundried tomato. And then my experiments continued once I was back home. My kitchen pans were not to rest until I created something unique. Something that would resonate Italy and still be cooked in the comfort of my kitchen in India! I would die to go back to this land of sinful food but I was restless to create something in my kitchen- And this recipe here is the result.
This recipe is an ode to all things Italian- and my love for the beautiful country . I can live in here forever- only for its food and the beautiful landscapes & ofcourse the passionate people! Thanks to Delmonte I am sharing my love for this cuisine with this humble recipe !
Inspired by the tang of sundried tomato and the creamy texture of Mozzarella cheese , presenting to you :
Sundried Tomato Spirali (Serves 2 hungry adults) :
1. Pure Olive oil ( 1 Tbspn)
2. Garlic ( 1 bulb)
3. Black Pepper
4. Pitted Black olives
5. Sundried tomato preserved in olive oil
6. Pizza cheese
7. Tomatoes (3 )
8. Tomato Puree ( 1/2 Tbspn)
9. Mixed italian herbs ( Oregano/Thyme/Basil/Rosemary)
10. Del monte Spirali Pasta (https://www.facebook.com/DelMonteIndia)
11. Extra Virgin Olive oil
8 simple steps and you will create the most delicious Pasta ever. You will regret if you sleep without eating this Pasta today. Don't believe me? See for yourself!
Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over this plated pasta & Enjoy. This is my ode to Italy & I hope the country loves me back. I would love to go back again & experience a food tour #ItalianEscapades and create more delicious variants in my kitchen!
Few tips for that perfect Pasta:
1. Always boil the pasta after the sauce is ready. Toss it in the sauce and only cook for 5 more mins.
2. While boiling pasta, turn off the flame when its par-boiled. It self-cooks for the next 7-8 mins. Drain it only after that.
3. Don't forget to use Extra Virgin olive oil at the end as a garnish. You will never regret it in generous proportions!
4. Eat your pasta as soon as its served!