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Penne With Herb And Tomato Sauce

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Penne served with fresh tomato sauce flavoured with mixed herbs.

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Preparation Time :16-20 minutes

Cooking time : 26-30 minutes

Servings : 4

Penne With Herb And Tomato Sauce

Main Ingredients

Penne, Fresh basil leaves

Cuisine

Italian

Course

Noodles and Pastas

Level Of Cooking

Medium

Ingredients

  • Penne
    200 grams
  • Fresh basil leaves
    a few
  • Tomatoes chopped
    8 medium
  • Olive oil
    1 tablespoon
  • Bay leaf
    1
  • Onion chopped
    1 medium
  • Celery chopped
    1/2 stalk
  • Leek chopped
    1
  • Vegetable stock
    2 cups
  • Butter
    1 tablespoon
  • Whole wheat flour (atta)
    2 tablespoons
  • Skimmed milk
    1 cup
  • Salt
    to taste
  • White pepper powder
    1 teaspoon
  • Green capsicum 1/2 inch pieces
    1 medium
  • Dried mixed herbs
    2 teaspoons

Method

Step 1


Boil penne pasta in three to four cups of water. Do not overcook. Drain, refresh in cold water. Drain and keep aside.

Step 2


Wash basil leaves and keep them in cold water to be used for garnishing. Heat olive oil in a pan and add bay leaf and onion and sauté till translucent.

Step 3


Add celery and leek and stir-fry for a two to three minutes. Add tomatoes and sauté. Add vegetable stock and cook on high heat for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 4


Reduce heat and simmer for about five minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Puree tomato mixture in a blender. Heat butter in a pan.

Step 5


Add whole wheat flour and cook on medium heat for two to three minutes, stirring continuously.

Step 6


Add skimmed milk, a little at a time, and stir continuously to avoid lumps. Cook on low heat till you get a thick sauce. Season with salt and white pepper powder.

Step 7


Stir in pureed tomato sauce, capsicum and boiled penne pasta. Heat thoroughly, add mixed dried herbs and serve hot garnished with basil leaves.

Chef Tip

Mixed dried herbs can be bought from the market or fresh herbs can be sun dried and stored in an airtight container. Herbs that go well with this sauce are basil, thyme, chives and oregano

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