One Pot Pasta – Perfect and Easy / Pasta cooked the Indian way


Dinners are meant to be Easy. Simple. Delicious. Family Time. This pasta recipe was a accidental invention. Yes invention discovery is what I call it. Quick, easy and less pots to clean.What you need though is a pressure cooker. Never have I thought pasta cooked in a cooker could turn this GOOD! However I should mention I read a post by a senior at school about a pasta recipe she had in one of her get togethers a few years back and how it got the kids finger licking and plate slurping. I wanted to try it and adopted cooking it using the pressure cooker. To talk more of it, the pasta was cooked to perfection and taken in the flavors so well that for the first time I felt I was truly enjoying it.

Seriously, I cant Urge you enough to try this. Trust me its a winner. Now, to the recipe

 

 

Must Haves : Pressure Cooker , Pasta Sauce , Cream.

Source : Sharon

Serves : 2-3

What you’ll need: 

1 Cup measures : 160 ml

Olive Oil : 1 tbsp

Butter : 1 tsp

Garlic : 2 medium finely minced/chopped

Chicken (thigh or breast) : 200 gm diced to 1 cm in size

Cajun Seasoning : 1/2 tsp (optional) refer to notes below

Mushroom : 150 gm (Sliced)

Parsley : A handful chopped

Pepper : 1/2 tsp

Pasta :  Trivelle Uncooked Approx 275 gm (Measured 4 cups heaped)

Thickened Cream : 100 ml approx

Pasta sauce from a bottle : 1/2 bottle or 1 1/2 cup

Chicken Stock : 1 Cup (Optional)

In a stove top pressure cooker, heat up the olive oil add a tsp butter and add the minced/chopped garlic, Saute till the garlic is a bit cooked and not burnt.

Now, add the chicken continue sauteing till the chicken is slightly cooked and now add the Cajun seasoning. Add Salt to taste

Add the sliced mushrooms and continue sauteing till a bit done

Now add in the uncooked pasta, 4 Cups boiling water, 1 1/2 Cup Pasta Sauce and 3/4 Cup Chicken Stock (MY CUP MEASURES : 160ml) Ideally its 1 cup raw pasta (heaped) : 1 3/4 cup liquid

Cover pan add the weight and Cook on medium for 2 Whistles

Open after 10 mins

Add the cream, mix and happily serve.

The Pasta is perfectly cooked soft the way I like it and absorbs the flavors of the sauce so well that I will not go back to the traditional draining method unless off course you want it “Al Dente” 🙂

*Notes : If you dont have Cajun Seasoning, add a 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 1/2 tsp Coriander powder and 1/4 tsp italian seasoning

A good substitute for pasta sauce :

Olive oil, garlic and pureed tomatoes, (2 medium ripe) Cook for about 5 minutes till oil surfaces. Add little chicken or vegetable stock. Add stock cube if you dont have chicken stock. Add italian seasons (1/2 tsp) and you’re good to go

One of the pictures above has broccoli in it. That’s just a variation in the recipe

 

 

My local picks :

Cream : Woolworths thickened cream

Pasta Sauce : Casa Barelli Premium pasta sauce from ALDI 

 

 

 

 

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