Pasta arrabiata is a classic simple pasta dish that any Italian-food novice can make in a jiffy too. With some simple tricks to cook the pasta perfectly and to make the sauce thick enough to give a glossy, shiny coat to the pasta, you will soon be dishing out pasta like that in a restaurant! One of the pasta recipes that I recommend for beginners, pasta arrabiata is a fiery pasta recipe with a generous amount of chili flakes and a ton of makes-you-go-yum flavors in it.
Every new generation creates a food revolution. And every food revolution brings upon a new set of spices, flavors, cuisine and method of cooking into a family. Many of you, I am sure can relate to how Indian food was considered too spicy and all overpowering around the world. With time, as you began to appreciate the nuances of Indian food, you must have also realized that quite a few indian food joints have cropped up in your neighborhood.
For me, this revolution was with Italian food. My first tryst with “Italian” food was macaroni of course. Notice the quotes? Well, if you consider macaroni cooked with turmeric, garam masala. Carrots & beans and topping of tadka (Indian tempering), Italian, then sure, that was my first tryst with Italian 😀 My grandma also called it “PIPE UPMA”:P Because the macaroni looked like mini PVC pipes and she made upma (dry porridge) with it!
From that weird alien name for a macaroni dish (and alien taste too!) to pizza joints to some amazing Italian restaurants (one of them even serves a great orange-basil risotto….. yum) in my very own neighborhood, I can now call myself a witness to a full blown food revolution!
With Nachiket and me living out of our home country, Pasta has become a regular at home. Restaurants and their plethora of pasta dishes on the menu have inspired me to try my hand at quite a few of them myself. Like this cheesecake factory Evelyn’s Pasta. However, I still have a fondness for classic, easy pasta recipes which do not require a ton of prep work or too many ingredients either.
Pasta arrabiata is one such favorite of mine because it is almost like an instant dinner recipe that I can pull of in short amount of time. The pasta arrabiata here features garlic-basil linguine (long flat pasta) that I splurged on at a gourmet store. However, pasta arrabiata can be created with any shape and variety of pasts that you lay your hands on!
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