Saturday, November 7, 2009

Spaghetti in Arrabiata Sauce with Mashed Potatoes and Baked Vegies

Last couple of months have been really hectic for me.. The business is slowly picking up now..plus it was the festive season..Its taken a toll on my health..with the most obvious dark circles below my eyes! To add to this, we had to attend a wedding in Mangalore which left me completely sun tanned..

Life in totality might be extremely hectic but I'm totally enjoying it. The chaos has not left me any time for myself, and but obvious its filtered down to my family as well. I haven't been blogging for a good 7-8 months now. Its not that I'm not stirring up something special now and then, just that I'm not motivated enough to take beautiful pictures and write down the complete recipe and post them.

Off late we've been eating out quite a lot, thanks to my hectic schedule.. but I try and cook at home as much as possible. Yesterday I decided to make some special food, since it was my day off. It was nice to just chill out and laze around the whole day. Went up to a neighbors house and chatted for almost 2hrs. I must mention, every time she would ring the bell to catch up with me, I'd be either getting ready to leave for office, or I'd be on the phone with a client..She really has been quite patient with me and I'm happy she didn't write me off as a snobbish, snooty business women!!!

Evening I decided to have a surprise meal for my family, just to let them know that I still do cook well and I can still make something special :) I had some spaghetti which I think I had bought almost 6 months ago. I actually had to check the expiry date on it..:) I had all the ingredients for an Arrabiata sauce, and I love mashed potatoes so I decided I'd make that as well. The neighbor during our morning discussion, passed me some very fresh beans, carrots, brinjal, tomatoes, which came from her native farm. So I also wanted to make baked vegetables. The menu came together so well which left me completely motivated to write this blog today :)


Here's the recipe for Arrabiata Sauce..

Ingredients:
2 onions, medium sized, finely chopped,
5 tomatoes, medium sized, pureed,
6-7 garlic pods, finely chopped,
2 tbsp olive oil,
1 tsp red chilli powder, (more if needed)
1 tsp oregano,
1 tsp parsley,
1/4 tsp rosemary,
Salt as per taste

Method:
1.) Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan.
2.) Add oregano, parsley, rosemary and saute gently. Add garlic and onions and fry until the onions have become golden brown.
3.) Add the tomato puree and mix well. Add salt and red chilli powder as per taste.
4.) Keep cooking for 10-15 mins. Set aside.

The next step would be to cook the sphagetti. Bring a big vessel full of water and 1tsp salt to a boil. Once the water is boiling add the dried spaghetti. This would take about 8-10 mins to cook. Keep checking once in a while if its cooked. Once cooked, drain the noddles and pass it through cold running water. This will prevent it from sticking to each other. Set it aside.

To assemble the spaghetti and sauce, just make a bed of spaghetti and pour the hot sauce over it. Grate your choice of cheese and serve hot.


Recipe for Mashed Potato can be found here


Recipe for Steamed Vegetables:
Cut your favorite vegetables into 1-inch pieces. Steam them in a steamer for 7-8 mins. Heat a pan with 1 tbsp of butter and add freshly crushed black pepper. Add the steamed vegetables and saute for a min. Add salt as per taste. Serve hot.


We had a great time and everyone enjoyed the dinner. I think its these special moments that make our life more meaningful....

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