Vegetable Pasta

This is a very healthy, delicious and easy to make dinner recipe, Fresh vegetables and whole grain pasta with savory tomato sauce makes a very colorful and delicious pasta dish. This is a simple pasta dinner. Serve with a side of salad and bread.  

1 cup pasta
1 tsp oil (any)
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup of shredded carrots
Few spring onions cut to finger length (optional)
4 to 6 Shallots (sliced thinly)
¼ cup bell peppers (green or red) (can reduce)
1 ½ tbsps. red chilli sauce ( I used Maggie)
¼ tbsp. tomato sauce ( I used Maggie)
½ tsp sugar(optional) ( if your red chilli sauce does not have sugar in it)
½ tsp pepper corn (crush coarsely)
1 tsp cornflour mixed in 100 ml water
Salt to taste
1.     Bring 5 cups of water to boil ,add salt and 1 tsp oil, stir in the pasta and cook till the pasta is fully cooked. Do not overcook as they tend to turn mushy.
2.     Drain the pasta and set aside.
3.     Mix corn flour with 100 ml of water, remove lumps if any
4.     Add the sauces and little more salt  to the cornflour mix . stir well and set aside
5.     Heat olive oil in a pan and add the shallots and fry till they turn completely mushy and golden
6.     Add carrots, cover and cook for 1 to 2 mins on a low flame
7.     Add capsicum and fry on high heat for 2 mins
8.     Pour the cornflour mix , mix well and bring to a boil. Takes around a min, do not overcook
9.     Add the pasta, mix well  and set the flame to high. Cover and cook for about a min.
10.                       Garnish with coarsely crushed pepper
Pasta is ready to serve.
1.     Serve hot as it tends to become sticky and hard once it cools down.
2.     If you are new to cooking pasta you may not know whether it is cooked right. Take a piece of it and chew to check, must not feel  floury, but must be soft cooked specially in the center part of the piece. Most brands of pasta firm up a bit once they are seasoned .

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