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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Garlicky Spinach And Mushroom Pasta

Pasta is something we make often. Me and my hubby both love italian food a lot, specially pasta, which tops the list. I like my pasta spicy or like how we get in California pizza kitchen, something like an indian style pasta. Lotsa garlic and lotsa spice. Yuummmmmmmmmmmm!!
So this is my style pasta.....basic oil based garlicky pasta. As i said earlier, in my previous pasta and italian posts that I like my sauce seperate to make my pasta less soggy, So this is a sauceless pasta. You may add sauce to it if u desire and enjoy this lovely Garlicky mushroom spinach pasta.

Ingredients :

Angel hair (spaghetti ) - 1 packet
Spinach - 1 1/2 cup (I used frozen spinach)
Mushroom - 7-8 sliced (divide in 2 parts (1/4 and 3/4 ))
Garlic pods - 1 medium chopped
Oregano - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Olive oil - 1 tbsp (add more if u feel ur pasta looks dry or sticky)
Fresh italian / indian parsley (coriander) - 1/2 cup finely chopped
Red chilli flakes - 1 tsp
Sun dried Tomatoes - 5-6 sliced (optional)
Chilli Garlic Paste - 2 tsp (recipe below)

Garlic Chilli Paste Recipe


Dried red chillies - 6-7
Garlic pods - 6-7 (chopped)
Olive oil - 1/2 tbsp
Salt to taste

In a blender add all these ingredients and blend them well into a paste.Your Garlic chilli paste is ready. Keep it aside.You can store it in an air tight jar and keep it in the refridgerator for a week.

Method :

In a big pan heat around 9 cups of water. let the water boil and add salt and few tsps of olive oil to the water. when the water starts boiling, add the pasta to the water and allow it to cook a bit (Al Dante). See that u dont overcook ur pasta.Once cooked drain the excess water and allow the pasta to cool well. Keep it aside.

In a pan take some oilive oil and saute the spinach sperately and keep it aside once cooked. Now in the same pan take some butter and saute 1/4 cup of the sliced mushrooms. Allow the mushroom to cook well and fry. Keep aside.

In a seperate pan now take olive oil and add the chopped garlic to it. Saute well and then add in the garlic chilli paste to it. Mix well for few minutes. Now add in 3/4 of the sliced mushrooms and fry well. Once the Mushrooms are cooked well, add the spinach to it and mix well. Add the pasta to it and saute well. Add some olive oil if u feel the pasta is sticking together.Let the pasta cook well for about 10-15 minutes in medium flame. Mix well. Remove from the gas.

Garnish with the fried mushroom and fresh parsley. I dont like chese so i have skipped it, but u may garnish the pasta with some shredded mozarella or parmesan cheese. Mix lightly and serve.
Your amazing and easy Garlicky pasta is ready.

My hubby enjoying his pasta alog with a cup of hot tomato soup.

Serve hot with Tomato soup and french bread slice. Lovely and tasty garlicky pasta. Enjoy!!


Suruchi said...

hey dint know u were so creative!! kudos girl!! keep it up

Cham said...

Spinach and mush sounds perfect with pasta. I love ur mehendi design too :) An another artist! Lovely blog!

Dhivya said...

wow!really an innovative idea!looks so so yummmmmmmmm

Divya Vikram said...

love pasta too..looks healthy with mushrooms n spinaches..thanks for dropping by my blog

Aditi..............:) said...

Hey i will surely try this for sure......but again I am not fond of mushrooms dear....so many be i ll replace it by some baked smashed potato.....what say??!!! :D

Aditi..............:) said...

Hey I ll surely try this one!!!!
But i am not fond of mushrooms...so maybe i ll replace it by some baked smashed potaoes??!!!! what say???!!! :D

Kalai said...

I love pastas of this type, too! Looks wonderful! :)

hetal said...

hmmmm.....looks yummy!!!!!!!!!u can try adding sliced olives,i think that will add more to the taste.

SHUBHA said...

Thank u thank u thank u for all ur advice and lovely lovely comments...

Neha said...

Hi sweetheart,
indeed it seems tasty....I'll love to try it soon.

SHUBHA said...

Sure @ hetal..thanx for the nice comment... will try wt u said next time... sounds very interesting...:)

@ Aditi ..thanx for the lovely comments..u may use brocolli or red bell pepper... iam not very sure about potatoes... havent eaten pasta with potatoes anytime... y dont u try it?

Swati Raman Garg said...

i love pastas... but urs looks so divine....

Madhavi said...

Spinach and mushroom pasta sounds great subha. looks really yummmmmmmmmm!!!!

Vaishali said...

Shubha, what a lovely, delicious dish. I love pairing mushrooms with spaghetti, and do it often, but I have never before tried something like the chili garlic paste. I can imagine it would taste wonderful.

SHUBHA said...

@ swati... thanx swati even i love pasta.... the indo -italian pasta.

@ Madhavi.....thanx a lot...its really yummy i know...

@ Vaishali....thanx a lot vaishali.... i love this combi too.... mushroom is my favourite....

Uma said...

mmm, the pasta looks so scrumptious.

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Hi Shubha...thanks for dropping by. This pasta does sound amazing. I love anything with garlic, & this one is just up mt street! Nice!!

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Hi Shubha...thanks for dropping by. This pasta does sound amazing. I love anything with garlic, & this one is just up mt street! Nice!!

Miss Bellevue :) said...

Wow this is looking yummy..I had an eye on this and today I am gonna make this and post the link on my blog..Can't wait to taste it :)

Smita said...

What a yummy recipe!!! I just visited your blog from the comment that you left on my blog and it is so nice...we definitely share our love for pastas and pizzas:)

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