Are you planning for a Friday dinner? Why not try Pasta Arrabbiata with steamed vegetables and fish? Today I am going to make a pasta arrabbiata recipe made using homemade pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes. The main recipe is a veg pasta arrabbiata recipe served along with pan-roasted salmon and steamed vegetables.
This was my Friday dinner platter, which is my kid’s favourite too. I try to include vegetables along with pasta for the complete meal fulfilment. Let’s talk about the Italian sauces commonly used and commonly available on the shelves of supermarkets. Store-bought Italian tomato sauce is the easiest way to include it in any recipe.
Creamy pasta sauces include cream, butter, and milk to make a thick and rich white sauce. Alfredo sauce is a very common and favourite sauce among creamy sauces. Like creamy pasta sauces, red sauce pasta recipes are equivalently tasty and common among Italian food chains. Although Bolognese sauce, spaghetti sauce, and marinara sauce are red in colour the texture, thickness, and ingredients we add are different other than tomato. Bolognese sauce is rich in its meat content. Marinara is a mild and light tomato sauce with olive oil and garlic. Arrabbiata literally means “angry” in Italian; the name of the sauce refers to the spiciness of the chilli peppers.
The pasta comes under Italian cuisine and is classified as dried or fresh. The three main categories are pasta with sauce, soup-style pasta, and pasta baked along with other ingredients. Pasta salads are served as a light lunch or first course. Broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, beans, asparagus, and artichoke are commonly used in steaming. Steamed fish, battered fish, chips style fish or Dill weed salmon can accompany the pasta arrabbiata.
What is al dente?
Pasta is cooked at the same time firm and does not loose its shape.
How to cook al dente?
- Make sure there is enough water to cover the pasta.
- Add pasta when the water is boiling.
- Drain the water from the pasta immediately once you turn off the heat.
- Wash the pasta and drain to remove excess starch.
Whole wheat or Whole meal vs Regular
The regular pasta is easy to handle as it does not have gluten. The regular pasta makes the cooking process easier and it blends together with the sauce what we use as they are bland in taste and color. On the other hand the whole wheat or whole meal pasta has the its own flavor, color and they are chewy when eating makes little hesitation when starting to add this healthier choice. And they need more flavors and spices to lessen its strong flavor.
What do we need to make pasta arrabiata
I am using the homemade pasta sauce which I prepared. Ripe, red and pulpy tomatoes yield the desired taste and colour of the pasta sauce. Black and green olives will serve their purpose with their tangy taste. Chilli flakes will yield the required spiciness to the sauce. I am using the regular store-bought Italian seasoning to flavour the sauce. Oregano gives a nice aroma and flavour to the sauce. Powdered oregano or dry oregano leaves will do the purpose. Garlic fried in olive oil will do the magic as it will do with any other recipe. Penne is the type of pasta I am using in this recipe. You can go for your favourite one to enjoy this simple hearty pasta recipe.
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Make-ahead homemade sauce for a quick fix Pasta arrabiata
- Blender or mixer grinder
- Penne Pasta-200 gm
- Oil-1 tsp
- Salt -1/4 tsp
- Water as required
- Italian seasoning-1tbsp
- Powdered oregano-1tsp
- Olive oil-2 tsp
- Chopped garlic-5 cloves
- Chilli flakes-1/2 tsp
- Salt for taste
- Pepper for taste
- Sliced olives-5-6
- Cheese (optional)
- Boil water in a pot. Add pasta, salt, and oil. Allow it to cook.
- Strain the water. Rinse the pasta in cold water and strain it again. Add little oil and toss the pasta to apply the oil evenly. Keep aside.
- Meanwhile, put tomatoes in a blender and make a smooth tomato puree.
- In a hot wok or pan add oil, add garlic and onion. Saute until the onion becomes translucent.
- Now, it is time to add the tomato puree. Then, add salt, oregano, Italian seasoning, and chilli flakes. Cook well until the tomato puree thickens into a pulp. Add olives.
- Add pepper according to your preference.
- Mix the pasta with sauce before serving.
- Serve hot with steamed vegetables for a complete meal.
- I am using wholemeal Penne Pasta. Try to use wholemeal or whole wheat pasta in your daily food to make the recipe more nutritious.
- I am using store-bought Italian seasoning.
- If you want the recipe to be less spicy, avoid chilli flakes.
- If you don’t want to add the tomatoes with skin on them, put the tomatoes in hot water. Then cover it and let it sit for 5 minutes. Now it is easy to remove the skin from tomatoes.
- If you prefer to add cheese, parmesan and cheddar cheese are good options.
Best pasta types and sauce combinations
- Spaghetti, Linguine, Angel hair- tomato sauce, cream or oil-based sauce, mild seafood sauce.
- Lasagna, Fettucine- rich meat sauce, creamy sauce
- Orzo, Farfalle, Rochetti, Tripoline- soups, stews, pasta salads, casseroles
- Fusilli, Rotini- mild smooth sauces(pesto)
- Pipe Rigate, cavatelli- heavy cream or meat sauce
- Penne, elbow macaroni, Bucatini, Ziti -hearty vegetable sauce, ragu, bolognese
- Tortellini, ravioli- light butter or oil sauce
International recipes to try
Tofu prawn laksa– A Malay dominant laksa includes tofu and prawn.
Air fryer tapioca cake– An air fryer dessert/pudding recipe made using tapioca, coconut milk and egg. A rich and dense cake to try.
Japanese Sushi– A simple vegetarian /vegan sushi to try.
Japanese curry– A sweet toned vegetarian curry made in Japanese style.
Kunafa– A low-fat baked dessert/sweet entice with its crispy outer and soft, gooey inner layers
Falafel– A Crispy mild snack made using garbanzo beans and simple spices.
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