My husband was out working late tonight and I was in no mood to cook, but I was definitely in a mood to eat. Normally, I enjoy cooking just for myself, but tonight was one of those lethargic nights when I’d rather plonk myself in front of the T.V. and instead encourage my cat to cook! I was most certain that it will be an instant noodles dinner, until I came across a long forgotten packet of pasta. Federico Fellini had quite rightly said, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” With that thought in my mind I started ransacking my fridge. I found nothing much in there, but pasta goes along with just about anything. What I concocted isn’t a great pasta recipe and may be it isn’t even Italian, but it is the shortest route to gourmet satisfaction for sure. So if you have a nearly empty fridge and not much enthusiasm to delve into a lip smacking elaborate recipe, then this one is for you… ( I wish I had taken a better picture, but I was too hungry to get more shots and my cat – Johnny almost had a go at it).
1 tbsp Olive Oil
4-5 Garlic Cloves – coarsely chopped
2 Medium Onions ( I used red onions) – Sliced
2 Medium Bell Peppers (use the colour of your choice) – Sliced
1 Cup Sweet Corn (straight out of the freezer)
1 tsp Paprika or Chilli Flakes
1 tsp Dried Basil (or any herbs of your choice)
Salt to taste
300 g Penne Pasta ( from a packet – whatever brand you prefer)
For the sauce:
1 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp Plain flour
1 Cup Milk (you can add more for better consistency)
A bit (or more) of Cheddar Cheese
Seasonings of your choice
Heat the olive oil (or whichever oil you prefer to cook with) in a deep pan. Add the chopped garlic and sauté a bit. Add the onions and cook till they turn translucent, then add the bell peppers and sweet corn. Sauté the veggies and keep aside.
In another pan boil the pasta ( as per instructions on the packet). Once the pasta softens instead of draining the starchy water and rinsing the pasta with cold water, just directly scoop out the pasta from the pan and add to the veggies you had kept aside. (That’s a handy tip I read somewhere online). Keep some of the starch water for the white sauce.
Melt the butter on low flame and add the flour. Roast till it turns golden then add milk, stirring continuously to avoid forming lumps. Add some grated cheese and season with salt, pepper, basil and oregano (or anything that suits your palate).
Pour the sauce on the Pasta. Add more cheese or sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil.. It’s up to you.
Trust me it tasted great. I loved my quick fix dinner tonight, and Amar (my husband) will get to enjoy the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. 🙂