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    Tuesday
    Nov292011

    Masala Penne Pasta 

    This Masala Penne Pasta is the first recipe I tried from my new cookbook An Affair with Indian Cooking and all I can say is that the recipe is super easy, the pasta is simply amazing, and this is definitely going to be one of my new "go to" pasta dishes.  I agree with Geeta, author and family friend, who describes this recipe as an "Indian twist to the Italian baked Ziti."

    Masala Penne Pasta (Mirchi Masala Pasta)

    Ingredients:

    1lb cooked penne pasta

    4 tbsp. olive oil

    2 tsp. cumin seeds

    1 onion, large, finely chopped (I chopped the onions in a food processor)

    2 1/2 cups tomatoes, strained (I chopped the tomatoes in a food processor)

    2 tsp. garlic, crushed ( I used fresh garlic cloves and blended them with the onions)

    1 1/2 tsp. coriander powder

    1/2 tsp. red chili powder

    1/2 tsp. salt to taste

    1/2 cup coriander, fresh, finely chopped

    3/4 cup water

    1/2 pkt. cream cheese, cubed

    1/2 cup grated mozzarella

    Directions:

    -Heat oil in saucepan over medium high heat. Temper with cumin seeds.

    -When cumin seeds sizzle, add garlic and onions. Cook until onions are light brown and soft.

    -Add tomatoes and spices. Stir well, cover pan, and reduce heat to med/low.

    -Cook for appox 15-20 min, stir occasionally until mixture is thick in consistency and oil is separated.

    -Add the fresh coriander and water. Mix well and simmer for 5 minutes on low heat.

    -Adjust seasoning to taste. (I added more salt, coriander, and red chili powder)

    -Add the cream cheese, mix well, and cook for 10 min until the cheese melts and the sauce is creamy.

    -Remove from heat. Mix sauce with the pasta and pour into a casserole dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake in over at 350 degrees F for 20 min or until cheese is melted and lightly browned.

    -Serve as an accompaniment with tandoori chicken and salad or as a meal in itself with garlic bread and salad.

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    Reader Comments (19)

    I love how your blogs mix great recipes with great fashion. Very inspiring...thank you!

    November 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpirya

    This sounds DELICIOUS. I'm such a sucker for anything involving pasta, honestly. It's bad.
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

    November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJosie

    looks yummy! will have to try... I remember having masala pasta when we were young! a bit different recipe of course.
    mom

    November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkiran

    Simple and delicious, pretty much my two requirements for a new recipe. I always need quick things when I am rushing after work.....and just want to sit on the couch!

    November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternoelani

    saving recipe now - looks beyond YUM!

    November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErika ~TiptoeButterfly~

    Okay, I really need to try this recipe. It looks wonderful!

    November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

    Thanks for dropping off the leftovers yesterday - Vik and I really, really enjoyed it! We'll definitely be making this (and of course adding some mushrooms!)

    November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachna

    my husband would LOVE this. must keep it in mind for dinner soon!

    xo
    sami

    November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersami

    Naina looks absolutely delish! I never cook anything Indian but I'm certain with its Italian twist, I could pull this off!!

    November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlissy

    i;m slowly making my way through all of the Indian restaurants in Atlanta!

    November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelle sees

    An Affair with An Indian Cook!? What a clever name. I'll have to try this recipe very soon. Thanks for sharing.

    November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMartini

    I'm actually planning how to get home early and cook this. Yummy

    December 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternmaha

    umm indian baked ziti?? i'm so in!

    In Dramatic Fashion

    December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

    Nummy and easy recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHogger & Co.

    sounds really delicious! my roommate and i have been on an indian food kick. i totally want to make this!

    December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

    I so wish that was on my dinner menu tonight!

    December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

    oh yum! That looks so amazing. I think I'll be trying this recipe out this weekend!
    Thanks for sharing it!
    xo

    December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKara @ Bostonista

    I love pasta and I'm always looking for new recipes to try! This one looks divine and will definitely try it soon!

    December 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjessica {creative index}

    Slightly late, but thank you so much for linking up to Friday Food last week on Momtrends.com! Awesome idea, I would never have though of an Indian food pasta dish, need to try it! ~Shannon

    December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

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