How to make Gourmet Pasta -

Pasta cooked in traditional tomato basil sauce.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Khazana of Healthy Tasty Recipes.

Main Ingredients : Whole Wheat Flour, Refined Flour

Cuisine : Italian

Course : Noodles and Pastas

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Gourmet Pasta

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Italian cuisine has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with roots stretching to antiquity.  Italian cuisine is simple and a number of dishes having only four to eight ingredients.  They rely mostly on the quality of ingredients rather than elaborate preparation.
Noteworthy changes in Italian cuisine happened with the discovery of the New World and the introduction of potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and maize, which are now an integral part of this cuisine.  Italian cuisine is known for its regional diversity each with a distinct taste.  This cuisine today is probably one of the most popular in the world.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Gourmet Pasta Recipe

  • Whole Wheat Flour

  • Refined Flour

  • Whole wheat flour (atta) 2 cups

  • Refined flour (maida) 3/4 cup

  • Salt 1 teaspoon

  • Olive oil 2 teaspoons

  • Eggs 2

  • Sauce

  • Tomatoes 6 medium

  • Olive oil 2 teaspoons

  • Onion finely chopped 1 medium

  • Garlic finely chopped 3-4 cloves

  • Red chilli flakes 1 teaspoon

  • Fresh basil leaves shredded 5-6

  • Black peppercorns crushed 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

Method

Step 1

Sieve both the flours together. Add salt, one teaspoon oil and add the eggs one by one. Sprinkle water and knead into a soft dough.

Step 2

Rest the dough, covered with a wet cloth, for thirty minutes. Knead the dough well once again. Sprinkle dry flour and roll the dough into as think a sheet as possible.

Step 3

Trim the sides to form a rectangle. Sprinkle dry flour liberally and using a rolling pin roll it up tightly. With a sharp knife cut the roll into half to three-fourth centimetre thick sections.

Step 4

Open out the rolls and spread out on a mesh and let them dry in a cool airy place overnight. Boil lots of water, add one teaspoon oil and salt. Add the pasta into the boiling water and stir.

Step 5

Cook till it is just done or al dente. Pour one cup cold water and drain the pasta well. Keep the pasta warm, while you prepare the sauce.

Step 6

To make the sauce blanch the tomatoes for two minutes in boiling water. Drain, peel, remove seeds and chop roughly. Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add onion and garlic and sauté till they turn translucent.

Step 7

Add red chilli flakes and toss well. Add the basil, reserving some for garnishing. Add the tomatoes and cook till the mixture starts bubbling.

Step 8

Add the crushed peppercorns, salt and mix well. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and toss over high heat till it is heated through.

Step 9

Adjust seasoning and serve hot garnished with the reserved basil.

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.