Showing posts with label Pasta & Noodles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pasta & Noodles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pasta & Noodles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pasta & Noodles. Show all posts

Vegetarian Rice Roni With Homemade Rice Roni Mix

This Homemade Rice Roni is a blend of rice and pasta which then cooked in butter, chicken/vegetable stock and seasonings until light and fluffy. A quick easy dish that tastes so good. This Homemade Rice-A-Roni has no artificial ingredients and is absolutely delicious. 

I had this rice roni many times when I stayed abroad.  I loved it , but, here it's not available so made my own.  This is a basic mix, you can have many add ons/flavorful spices to it when you are cooking this as a meal.
This Homemade Rice Roni is the perfect accompaniment to make a complete and delicious meal with chicken, fish, steak or shrimp. I also used this to make this  Colombian Arroz Atollado

200 Grams Spaghetti - broken into pieces
2 Cups Basmati Rice
1 Tablespoon Oil
Wash the rice with a wet cloth and let it dry for some time. In the meantime in a pan heat a tablespoon of oil and fry the spaghetti  for a minute or two only. Cool and mix it with the rice.  
Homemade Rice Roni Mix is ready.  

I made a vegetarian version of this for our lunch.
Vegetarian Rice Roni
1 Tablespoon Dried Chives
1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning Mix 
1 Bay Leaf
¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder or to taste
1 Vegetable Stock Cube
1 Scallion/Spring Onion -  chopped 
1 Medium Onion - chopped  
1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic 
5 - 6  Broccoli Florets
¼ Cup  Diced Carrots
¼ Cup  French Beans - chopped
½ Cup  Colored Bell Peppers - chopped 
1 Small  Tomatoes - chopped  
Cups  Rice Roni
3½  Cups Water
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Oil
Heat oil and butter in a large pot/pan, fry the onion, till translucent, add all the veggies, chives, seasoning , bay leaf and saute for a minute.  
Add the stock cube, water , give it a light mix and bring this to a rolling boil.  
Now add the rice roni , give it a light stir. Cover, let it be on high flame for a minute then reduce the flame to low and let it cook for 12 -15 minutes giving it a light stir after 5 minutes.  Check for taste and seasoning, add black pepper powder to your taste ( this is optional). 
When liquid has been absorbed, take a test bite to see if rice is cooked through. Add  hot water if necessary and continue cooking if it needs a bit more time.
Delicious Rice Roni is ready to enjoy. 
Serve this with Egg And Cauliflower Salad. 

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Strawberry Lemon Basil Pasta Salad#Improv

Strawberry Lemon Basil Pasta Salad is a healthy and delicious dish that will brighten up any plate. A pasta side dish made with strawberries, lemon and fresh basil , it's perfect for a light and filling  summer meal. A  simple salad wherein the dressing can be made a day ahead and tossed  just before serving.
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Sendhav Namak / Himalayan Pink Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Red Chilly Flakes
1/4 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 Cups Campanella Pasta
A Handful of Fresh Baby Basil leaves
2 Cups Sliced Strawberries
1 Lemon - cut into round slices

Boil the pasta in water with a tablespoon of sea salt when the water comes to a boil add the pasta and cook it on high flame till al dente. It took 10 to 12 minutes to cook. Drain and cool it completely. 
In a large bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper until sugar is dissolved. Add pasta, basil, lemon zest and strawberries, toss to coat.
Salt and pepper to taste. R
efrigerate covered until ready to serve.  
Serve garnished with a lemon slices and enjoy.  
Labels: Pasta, Salads, Strawberry, Healthy, Main course, Improv Cooking Challenge, Vegetarian, Vegan,  Pasta & Noodles

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Improv Cooking Challenge: June 2020

Ingredients: Strawberries and Basil

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Mazedar Chicken Noodle Chaat

This is super fast and easy, delicious and complete meal. Many at times our children want to have instant noodles, we give it to them as per the packet instructions and we say that they are having unhealthy food. 
Try this chaat recipe with noodles, chicken, veggies, fries, curds and you are presenting an interesting, delicious and eye catching bowl of healthy food. This can be had as complete meal too. We had it as our meal instead of the regular roti and sabzi... try this,  kids will enjoy,  ask for it again and again. This is an absolute comforting soul food. 

Serves 2
2 Small Pack of Instant  Noodles
150 Grams Boneless Chicken - finely cubed
1 Spring Onion - finely chopped
1 Fresh Red or Green Chilly - finely chopped - I used Red
1 Small Onion - cut into small cubes
1/2 Capsicum - cut into small cubes
1 Medium Tomato - seeded and cut into small cubes
1+1 Tablespoon Olive Oil or Vegetable oil - I used Olive Oil
3 Cloves Garlic - finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Heaped Chilly Garlic Sauce
1 Tablespoon Heaped Red Chilly Sauce
One packet of Noodle seasoning - the one that come along in the pack
1 Cup Thick Fresh Curds / Yogurt- beaten
French Fries as required - optional
Chaat Masala as required
Potato Wafers of your choice - I used Tangy Tomato Wafers

Wash the chicken cubes and marinate it the Chilly Garlic Sauce, Red Chilly Sauce and the noodles seasoning, mix well. Keep this aside covered . 

In the meantime lets boil the noodles
In a big sauce pan heat 4 to 5 cups of water, when the water comes to a rolling boil slide in only the noodles (no salt and seasoning to be added and do not break the noodles ). When boiled drain into a strainer, pour cold water over it and loosen the noodles lightly with your fingers. Add a tablespoon of hot oil over the noodles and toss them well till coated. 
Now that are noodles are done, let's chop our veggies separately and keep them a side.

Now lets prepare the Chicken

In a frying pan heat oil, add the garlic, fry till it releases an aroma, for a minute only ( do not brown it ), add marinated chicken, stir fry till done and dry ( no moisture / liquid should be present). Take off flame, add a little of each - onion, capsicum and chilly, stir well keep aside.

Let's assemble our Mazedar Chicken Noodle Chaat

In a bowl place half the noodles
Arrange the french fries to the sides of the bowl
Now spread half of the prepared chicken
On top of it spread half of the curd / yogurt
Sprinkle half of the capsicum, chilly, onion, spring onions and tomato . Sprinkle chaat masala.
Crush few wafers and sprinkle on top , few whole on to the sides  
Ta-da our Mazedar Chicken Noodle Chaat    its ready ..
Looks irrestible .. isn't it !!!  
Pick a fork/spoon, just dig into it.. Enjoy !!
Labels : Chaat, Chicken, Healthy, Kids delight, Noodles, Pasta & Noodles, Main course, Healthy snacks, 

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Chicken & Tomato Macaroni Soup For Two#Soupswappers

This month for Soup Swappers our host is  Colleen. Our theme is "Make a soup, chowder, or chili using any shape, variety, or flavor of pasta you choose. Get creative."

This an oil free, its a thick soup, so delicious and filling. It's so easy to make not much of cutting or chopping and not much pots and pans to clean.

3 Cups Chicken Stock 
1 Tablespoon Tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons Tomato Puree
1 Tablespoon Hot and Spicy Tomato Sauce
1 Cup Boiled Macaroni
½ Teaspoon Salt
½ Teaspoon Black Pepper powder
1 Cup Creamy Style Sweet Corn
1/2 Cup Shredded Chicken

In a sauce pan add the chicken stock , cream style corn, tomato puree, sauce, stir this well. Place it on medium high flame and bring it to a boil stirring it in between. Let it simmer for on medium low flame for 5 minutes, keep stirring after a minute or two. Let this soup thicken/ reduce to 2 cups. Then add the boiled macaroni, shredded chicken, salt and black pepper, again bring this to a boil. Take off flame.
Serve immediately.  Enjoy!!

Labels : Pasta & Noodles, Soup, Soup Swappers, Chicken, Tomato, Oil Free, Healthy
Other Pasta Soups 
Aash-e Reshte from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup from Palatable Pastime
6-Ingredient Broken Spaghetti Pasta Soup from Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Chicken & Tomato Macaroni Soup For Two from Sneha's Recipe
Crockpot Turkey Noodle Soup from Home Sweet Homestead
Minestra from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Shrimp and Tomato Stew with Fregola from Karen's Kitchen Stories

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Baked Mixed Veg Pasta#BakingBloggers

Carried this Baked Mixed Veg Pasta for a party with my vegetarian friends.

Have used two sauces,Homemade Pasta Sauce and Cheesy Bechamel sauce to make this.


250 Grams  Pasta -  used Macaroni
1 Cup Pasta Sauce - Homemade
2 Cups Thick Bechamel sauce
1 Teaspoon Italian Seasonings
100 Grams Cheddar Cheese
100 Grams Mozzarella Cheese
For Assembling the Pasta  

Coloured Capsicum - diced
2 Tablespoons Boiled Sweet Corn
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasonings
For the Sauted Veggies  

150 Grams Mixed Vegetables - I used frozen
1 Green Capsicum - chopped
1/4 Cup Sweet Corn - boiled
3 Baby Corns - chopped
1 Medium Onion - finely chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper powder
1/2 Teaspoon Chilly flakes
1/2 Teaspoon Italian Seasonings
1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Thyme
2 Big Cloves Garlic - finely chopped
Salt to taste
1 Tablespoon Oil
1 Tablespoon Butter

Boil the  pasta as per the package instructions till al dente. Keep aside.

In a pan heat the Bechamel sauce , add 2 to 3 tablespoon of cheese ( both cheddar and mozzarella ) and Italian Seasonings, mix well till cheese is melted. Take off flame,  add in the pasta and toss it well till pasta is coated. Keep aside

For the Veggies 
In a pan heat oil and butter add the garlic and saute till the it releases an aroma, then add the onion and saute till translucent. Add the mixed veggie and saute on high flame for a two minutes, now add all the spices and herbs mix well and cover and cook till veggies are nearly done. Now add the sweet corn, baby corn and capsicum, salt to taste and mix well again cover and saute on medium high flame for 3 - 4 minutes. Take off flame and cool it,  veggies are done.
In the prepared veggies add the pasta sauce and mix well, keep aside.

To assemble the Pasta.
Grease a 8 or 9 inch round Pyrex dish with butter. 

Arrange 1/2 of pasta. 
Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of the cheese
 Then spread all of the veggie filling and press it well, 
Add the remaining pasta
 Sprinkle all off the remaining cheese, garnish with coloured capsicum, sweet corn,   sprinkle a little Italian Seasonings.
 Dot it with butter and spread all of the remaining cheese. 
Cover this with a foil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes in preheated oven at 200 degrees. 
After 20 minutes remove the foil and broil it for 5 minutes till the top is browned a little. 
Cool it slightly and Enjoy...
Check here for Pasta Sauce - Homemade and for Bechamel sauce
Labels :Pasta & Noodles, Vegetarian, Mixed Vegetable, Baking Bloggers, Baked, Italy, Italian seasoning, Italian, Cheddar Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese
Baking Bloggers
Baking with Spring Vegetables
Baked Mixed Veg Pasta by Sneha's Recipe
Baked Romaine Lettuce Chips by Our Good Life
Chicken and Asparagus Pasta Bake by Palatable Pastime
Rhabarberkuchen - German Rhubarb Cake by Pandemonium Noshery
Roasted Asparagus with Shaved Fennel by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Roasted Radish Tart by Sid's Sea Palm Cooking
Roasted Spring Vegetable Farro Salad by Caroline's Cooking
Roasted Veggie Cobb Salad by Cookaholic Wife
Spring Vegetable Gratin by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Sweet Onion Galette with Parmesan and Mascarpone by Karen's Kitchen Stories

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Stir Fry Baby Corn On A Bed Of Fettuccine Pasta

This is a tangy and sweet baby corn stir fry. This is served on a bed of Fettuccine pasta. It's vegan and delicious. 
3 Tablespoons Sesame oil
6 Baby corns - cut into four parts
2 Capsicums - cut into strips
1 Spring Onions - white and green sliced separately
1 Tomato - de seeded - cut into strips
1 Tablespoons Ginger Garlic paste -
1.1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilly powder
2 Tablespoons Tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons Tomato Puree
1 Tablespoons Corn flour - mixed in 1/4 cup water
1/2 Teaspoon 
Ajinomoto - optional
1 Teaspoon Soy sauce
Salt to taste
200 Grams Fettuccine Pasta
Boil the Fettuccine Pasta as per packet instructions.
Mix the ginger - garlic paste in 2 tablespoon water and keep aside.
Fry the baby corn, capsicum and tomato separately, keep aside.
In a wok heat oil and add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till all the water dries. Then add the tomato puree, tomato sauce, soy sauce, chilly powder and salt to taste. 
Stir fry till oil leaves the sides then add the white part of the onion and stir fry on high flame for a minute add the fried baby corn, capsicum and tomato, stir fry on high flame for a minute add water to make it saucy and the ajinomoto  and bring it to a boil, add the corn flour slurry and let it thicken slightly. 
Take off flame and serve it on a bed of Fettuccine pasta.
Labels : Pasta & Noodles, Baby Corn, Vegetarian, Vegan, Main course, Italian

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