Summer is here and the temperatures have already risen…. and in the market, there are some lovely fresh summer fruits available now, the most widely available being grapes. Last weekend, I bought some lovely grapes and was wondering if I could make something using these. I was thinking of all the combinations using them and wanted something that could support a tangy yet sweet flavor. And yes, it was Pasta once again 🙂
Pasta goes extremely well and slightly tangy ingredients and so I used grapes in this recipe. It was a wonderful combination and it felt like almost pineapple on a pizza. It is different, freshly available now and so do try it out soon 🙂
Cooking time: 10 mins
Preparation time: 5 mins
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Pasta – 2 cups
Butter/oil – 2 tbsp
Garlic – 3 cloves (very finely chopped)
Fresh basil leaves – 2 tbsp (very finely chopped, may use dried basil or Italian herbs instead)
Green grapes – ¼ cup (cut into halves)
Onion – 1 small (finely chopped)
Broccoli – ¼ cup (cut into florets, optional)
Black olives – 1 tbsp (roughly chopped, optional)
Parsley or coriander leaves – 1 tbsp (very finely chopped)
Red chili flakes – 1 tsp, optional
Black pepper powder – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste
- Bring about 4-5 cups of water to a boil in a large vessel. Add a pinch of salt and ½ tsp oil to it. This will prevent the pasta from sticking together.
- Add the pasta and broccoli and cook the pasta as per the instructions on the packet.
- Drain and set aside.
- Heat oil or butter in a large pan or wok and add garlic and fresh basil. Fry till the basil is well fried and leaves a nice aroma. This might take about 2 minutes.
- Then add the onions and fry till they turn tender.
- Add the grapes, olives and pepper powder and fry for a minute.
- Add the pasta along with broccoli and adjust the salt as per your taste. Combine well and remove from heat.
- Garnish with coriander leaves, red chili flakes and drizzle a tsp of oil just before serving.
- This recipe tastes best with slightly tangy grapes, so make sure the grapes you use are not overly sweet.
- I added black olives for a good contrast; you may use sun-dried tomatoes instead.
- The herbs can all be adjusted as per your preference.