13 June, 2011

Macaroni in tomato and basil sauce (pressure cooker recipie- 10 minutes flat!)

I have been crazy busy with my almost 3 year old toddler and thanks to the ever increasing burden of daily chores which has successfully kept me away from my  foodie blog! Being a Monday morning rush hour I am stealing some moments from the mundane to write this post as its helping me de-stress. Adi's breakfast is done and I have exactly 10 minutes before we rush in for our bath post which we dress and leave for school. Phew....no wonder I am getting active on quick and easy food for the family!

I whipped this dish for last nights dinner and it was an instant hit. Had a long day due to our Sunday outing and all of us were dog tiered. Needed some peppy food and voila Italian was the fastest and yummiest of the lot. Sorry, no pictures for the post as I just didn't manage clicking any!

  • Macaroni OR pasta of your choice- 250 gms
  • Tomato puree- 2 cups
  • Onion- 2 large, cut into small pieces
  • Garlic- 8 pods, crushed
  • Fresh Basil- 8 to 10 leaves, roughly torn
  • Oregano- 1 teaspoon
  • Salt- as per taste
  • Sugar- 1 teaspoon
  • Olive Oil- 3 tablespoon
  • Parmesan Cheese- grated, 5 tablespoons.

  • Heat oil in the pressure cooker. Add onion and garlic. Cook till they are brown.
  • Now add the oregano and basil leaves and stir for about a minute.
  • Add the macaroni and give it a quick stir.
  • Pour in the tomato puree and 2 cups of water, salt and sugar. Mix thoroughly.
  • Put the lid on. Cook on medium heat. Switch off from heat after 2 whistles.
  • Once the steam releases completely transfer the macaroni onto a serving dish and garnish with the cheese. You can be very very liberal while grating the cheese. Adds to the taste!

I served this dish with a liberal portion of cubed seasonal mangoes. Was a hit with not just my son but also 'THE HUSBAND"! :D

Happy cooking!

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