Jan 062015

I have already mentioned in my previous posts, that I am a crazy fan of Italian food. I have shared several pizza and pasta recipes already in my site, some of which are – Pasta in broccoli sauce, Creamless creamy penne pasta, Baked pasta, Cony crust pizza, deep-dish pizza, multi-grain pizza and many more.

Today, I share another version of pasta recipe that doesn’t need marinara/pasta sauce. I simply add tomato paste along with some herbs and seasoning to make a quick-style recipe. Do try this out and let me know how you like it !!


Serves: 2

Cooking time: 20 mins


Pasta – 1 cup (I used thin-style pasta)

Garlic cloves – 2 (finely chopped)

Dried basil – 1 tsp (May use fresh leaves instead)

Red chili flakes – ½ tsp (May use red chili powder instead)

Broccoli florets – 1/8 cup

Cherry tomatoes/regular tomatoes – ¼ cup (I used cherry tomatoes)

Tomato paste – ½ cup (Tomatoes blended to a smooth paste)

Onion – 1, small (finely chopped)

Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp (very finely chopped)

Butter/oil – 1 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Pepper powder – 1 tsp



  1. Boil about 4-5 cups of water in a large vessel. Add a pinch of salt and ½ tsp oil to it. This will prevent the pasta from sticking together.
  2. Add the pasta and cook as per the instructions on the packet. Mine need 7 minutes to cook. After about 5 minutes of cooking, add the broccoli florets to the pasta and let cook till the pasta is done.
  3. Strain the pasta-broccoli and place it in cold water. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a large pan and add the oil/butter, red chili flakes, garlic, dried basil and onions. Saute for a minute.
  5. Add the cherry tomatoes and give a good stir.
  6. Pour in the tomato paste, add salt to taste and pepper powder. Fry till the mixture becomes dry and the paste is well cooked, about 3 minutes.
  7. Then add the pasta-broccoli and combine well. Remove from heat and serve with a sprinkle of fresh coriander or parsley leaves.


  1. If using fresh basil leaves, add it along with the cherry tomatoes.
  2. You may use dried Italian herbs too.
  3. Add parmesan cheese if you have it. It gives a good salty and nutty taste.IMG_1442

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