India has been getting accustomed to a variety of foreign cuisines since time immemorial. Italian, Chinese, Lebanese cuisines have made its way to our country through various means. Indians have a great and versatile choice of food taste and have always welcomed new recipes to the land. One such item is Pasta. Having originated in Italy, pasta is one of the foods that has made a massive hit in the Indian market. People like pasta for the taste and the consistency it has when it’s cooked. Vegetarian pasta is loaded with goodness and health. There are so many pasta shops in Chennai that makes the best pasta in the city. Let us explore various simple yet, lip-smacking vegetarian pasta recipes.
The basic Pasta Recipe
- Add salt to a pot of boiling water and put the pasta in it.
- Pasta is not sticky so add a right amount of water according to the quantity.
- Please do not break the pasta; put them in full.
- Keep stirring the pasta to make sure it doesn’t stick to each other or the bottom of the pot.
- Let it come to a chewy consistency. This shows your pasta is cooked.
- Drain the water and cook it accordingly with the required spices.
Here are various recipes to make great vegetarian pasta with multiple flavours:
1. Linguine, Avocado and Tomatoes
Make guacamole with onions, tomatoes and other spices. This can be used as a side to the pasta or can be used to make a pasta salad. Add linguine, avocado and tomatoes to a bowl and stir. This can also be served cold.
Cook pasta – meanwhile add lime juice, lime zest, tomatoes, coriander, onions and chillies – mix well. Toss pasta in this mixture and stir well.
2. Tomato and Basil sauce
Heat one tbsp olive oil in a pan – add crushed cloves and garlic and gently stir – add chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock powder – add 1 tbsp tomato puree and sugar – boil. Add pasta to make your tomato basil dish ready!
Reduce the heat – simmer and cook for 5 min – finish off by garnishing with basil leaves and stir with the sauce.
3. Vegan Meatballs
Make yummy vegetarian meatballs by making a chunky paste of black beans, oats, breadcrumbs and cooked onions – make them into round balls and fry them in low flame oil – add sauces.
Add these meatballs to the pasta and cook well on a pan – toss everything to coat the seasonings evenly.
4. Make it the salad way!
Cook the pasta and add peas to the boiling water just before taking it off the flame – drain the water and toss it into a pan with lemon zest, herbs, olive oil and plenty of seasoning – mix well, cover and chill. The taste is to bet for anything!
5. The Red Beans Magic
While the pasta is cooking, saute finely chopped onions, chilli, garlic and cherry tomatoes – add vinegar, capers, olives and paprika with some pasta water and black beans and cook.
Add spinach to the pasta water and let it boil – drain the water and toss with the beans and tomato mixture and serve hot.
6. Cauliflower Steak With Marinara
Take a big chunk of cauliflower and appl olive oil – bake the cauliflower – if you prefer, add parmesan before 20 minutes of completion of the baking process – sprinkle spices and sauces as required and let it sit for some time.
Cut the cauliflower steak in parts and serve with pasta topped with sun-dried tomatoes and olives.
7. Lentil and Mushroom Meatballs
Make yummy meatballs with lentils, mushroom and bread crumbs along with a dash of olive oil. Keep them aside and make pasta or spaghetti. Cook well until soft and add some olive oil to make it non-sticky. Toss it with spices and soy sauce along with sriracha if you need spice. Put the meatballs on it and slightly stir. Serve hot for better taste.
8. The Indian touch
Indian pasta is one that can be given a reasonable spice rate. It is loaded with veggies and masalas and authentic spices that give this Italian dish, a great Indian touch. Saute garlic, cumin, onions and other vegetables. Add chilli powder, masala and Kasuri methi. Saute until the veggies are cooked and become soft. Add tomato puree and cook until the raw smell is gone. Add other spices according to your taste and make it to a semi gravy. Add the cooked pasta to this pan and toss to mix well.
9. Roasted Tomato and Herby Salsa Orzo
Make a chunkey consistency of basil, parsley, mint, garlic and some lemon zest along with olive oil. Roast tomatoes with pepper and salt. Put these in the salsa mixture and stir well. Bake for 25 minutes along with pasta and serve hot.
10. Mushroom Bolognese
Make a lip-smacking sauce with mushrooms and herbs (basil, rosemary, thyme, celery, star anise). Add carrots, tomatoes and olive oil to cook well. Drain the pasta that has been put to pre-boil and add it in this along with some tomato puree. Stir well and serve hot.
Though pasta belongs to Italian cuisine, it has always been one of the versatile dishes to experiment with. Cooked pasta can be combined with any flavours and any vegetables to bring out the best of its taste. What is your go-to pasta recipe? Let us know. Also, check out for the best pasta restaurants in Chennai.