Monday, August 11, 2014


Penne pasta ... 150 gms
Onion ........... 1 (sliced)
Broccoli ........ 8-10 small florets
Spinach ......... 1 cup (tender leaves)
Tomato puree .... 1 cup
Tomato ketchup ... 1-2 tbsps
Garlic ............. 1 tbsp (crushed)
Cheese .......... 1-2 tbsps (grated)
Fresh cream ..... 4-5 tbsps
Basil ................. fresh (few leaves) or dry (1 tsp)
Spring onion .... for garnishing (optional)
Chilli flakes or powder ...... 1/4 tsp ( as per taste)
Salt ............... to taste
Olive oil ....... 2-3 tbsps.

1. Boil the pasta adding salt and a little oil in the water.( you can use any oil) Do not over cook it. Drain and run under cold water. Set aside.

2. In a pan boil water adding a little salt and drop the broccoli florets. Close the gas and leave them for a minute. Tip in the spinach leaves after half a minute. Drain and set aside. (you don't have to boil them, just immerse in the water)

3. In a saucepan pour olive oil and add the garlic.

4. Stir fry and add the sliced onion. Saute a little and pour the tomato puree, ketchup and the broccoli and spinach. Simmer for a while and keep stirring in between.

5. Add the cream and season with salt, basil and chilli flakes.

6. Stir in the boiled pasta.Mix carefully.

7. If you are serving it immediately, you can also add the cheese. Or else pour it into the serving dish and spread the grated cheese and garnish with basil or spring onion.
8. Heat it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes before serving.
Pasta tastes better when served immediately. When you leave it for some time the sauces get absorbed and consistency becomes thicker, in which case you can add a little milk while heating.


  1. wah shobha this is really good dish

    i never liked penne pasta and used macaroni

    love the pic u got with it


  2. Delicious & creamy!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  3. I'll happily have this irresistible penne for my lunch rite now.

  4. delicious dear...join me in know your flours- corn flour event in my blog.

  5. Inviting click. looks very delicious and yummy.

    Today's recipe:

  6. Wow - love this spicy version. I love pasta anytime.

  7. Nice combo of broccoli and spinach there with penne...Yummy for sure .

  8. Thts a delicious recipe!! I'm gonna make this for dinner :)

  9. mouth watering recipe, looks so inviting...

  10. Love all those healthy ingredients:)

  11. wow Shobha.. you are really on a roll Lady ;)

    I too love spinach in my Pasta bakes.. appealing to eyes and better in taste.

    thanks for linking it to the event:

    Cook n Bake with - Spinach