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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Simple Meals ~ Whole Wheat Penne with Red Peppers & Onion Soup

For 2 servings:
1.5 cup whole - wheat penne pasta
1 tbsp butter / olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
1 onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 red bell pepper / capsicum - cored, seeded & sliced into strips
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese*
Parsley to garnish

1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook pasta according to package directions until aldente. Reserve a few Tbsp of the pasta cooking liquid. Drain pasta.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a sauté pan / skillet. Add garlic and cook until just softened. Then add chopped onion and sauté till it turns translucent. Then add tomatoes and cook until done. Bell pepper slices, salt & pepper go in next. Cook, stirring occasionally, until peppers begin to soften.
3. Stir drained pasta and reserved pasta liquid into sauce. Cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes more.
4. While serving, top each bowl with about a Tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese and minced parsley.

* I had only cheddar cheese and so added it along with pasta at the end, for a cheesy base.

This pasta is going to be a part of Mansi's Presto Pasta Nights, an event originally started by Ruth.

Onion Soup:
Here is a simple, basic version of onion soup, on it's way to Priya's Healing foods - Onion, an event originally started by Siri.

For 2 servings:
1. Peel and thinly slice a big onion.
2. Heat 2 tsp oil / butter and add onion and a bay leaf. Stirring occasionally, cook until very soft and starts to brown.
3. Add minced garlic clove, salt, pepper and cook for a couple of minutes.
4. Then add about 2 cups of vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook for about 10 minutes.
5. Remove the bay leaf and garnish with parsley before serving.

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Mansi said...

wow, the pasta and soup combination looks lovely! thanks so much for sharing it PPN! I love red peppers in my pasta:)

Kairali sisters said...

Hi Suma, pasta looks very inviting and soup is out of this world ya, perfect..

Kairali sisters

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

ahhh...both look gorgeous...so colorful to the eyes and to teh belly...yum yum

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Suma what a beautiful pic of your pasta and what lovely colors. Really and truely tempting.

Kiran said...

Love both the soup and the pasta.Healthy and filling dishes.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Pasta and Soup sounds real refreshing !!! Looks delicious Suma...

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

both very delicious,yummy!

PS said...

both recipes - yumm yumm with catchy pics

Sri Vidya said...

Yummy recipes suma... I fin d penne pasta boring always... but u made them so colorful and delicious ... so tempting :)

Nitha said...

Healthy soup and pasta...

Cooking Blog Indexer said...

I love french onion soup from restaurants..i don't know whether your soup is the same..whole wheat is always a healthy option for pasta...

Niloufer Riyaz said...

pasta n onion soup looks mouthwatering n delicious

Torviewtoronto said...

Hi Suma
Looks yummy we make both dishes the same way

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Nice combo..nice recipe

The Food Hunter said...

Great pasta.