Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rigatoni in Creamy Tomato Sauce

Pastas are a general favorite of mine when I'm fed up of the usual roti-dal-chawal routine and craving for some kind of different cuisine. This recipe hardly takes 15 mins and is real easy. Great for dinner on a long tired day after school or work. I personally love this recipe with angel hair pasta and no ricotta cheese.

Pasta (Penne or Rigatoni or Spaghetti or Angel Hair) - medium box of approx. 500 gm
Onion - 1 medium
Garlic - 2 cloves
Tomato - 1 medium
Tomato puree (or condensed canned tomato soup, I use Campbell's) - 1/2 can
Ricotta cheese - 1/2 to 1 cup (optional)
Butter or Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Red chilli flakes - 1/2 to 1 tsp (to taste)
Italian seasoning mix - 1/2 to 1 tsp (to taste)
Salt to taste

1. Boil water until bubbling hot with a teaspoon of oil and some salt. Add the pasta and let it cook for 10-12 mins (check box for details). Drain, rinse in cold water and set aside.
2. Chop the garlic, onion and tomatoes finely.
3. Add butter or olive oil in a pan and fry the garlic first. (do not brown them, just until the rawness of the garlic fades)
4. Then add the onions and fry until transparent. Again, do not brown the onions.
5. Now add the tomatoes and fry until they are soft and pulpy and you can see the oil separate a little.
6. Add the chilli flakes and Italian seasoning followed by the tomato puree (or soup).
7. Once it is well mixed, blend in the cheese and check the consistency. I like my pasta a little dry than usual, so I don't add water. But if you like it saucy, then adding water is a good idea. (You can skip this step if you aren't using ricotta cheese)
8. Check the spices and add salt to taste. Toss the pasta and sauce together.
9. Serve with toasted garlic bread and Parmesan.
10. Another variation of this would be to bake it in a small dish with lots of cheese on top. About 10-15 minutes in a 350 F oven should be good. I usually skip this step because of all the cheese it needs!

I tried this recipe randomly going by my taste. But I did find a lot of similar recipes online in thousands of blogs and food sites. So if you have a concern with this recipe, please leave a comment and I will get back to you.


  1. YUM!!
    One addition you can make- add mozzerella cheese and breadcrumbs on top (when pasta is in baking dish), bake at the temp specified above. Then when you dig in, there's this ah-mazing crust with the breadcrumbs and the gooey cheese.
    P.S: Yes you can feel your thighs increasing in size as you eat this ;P but it is so worth it! Just work out after the meal :)

  2. OMG! Don't give me such options...I am working out so well nowadays and I don't wanna give up. But yeah, I'll edit the recipe with the breadcrumb crust you mentioned.