Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Quick Vegetable Pasta(Eat as Salad or Main Course)

Cook the Pasta not the Veggies.This is a very quick and simple healthy pasta salad.After pizza , a very favorite dish for kids is pasta or noodles.Pizza is cheesy and Pasta is easy to eat . Pasta comes in different shapes,sizes and colors so it is a great attraction for kids.The pasta dish I am presenting here today can be eaten as a salad or can be eaten as a main dish.It works both ways.I call this a salad because I am using raw vegetables in it.

Let's get into the preparation of the dish-----------

Main Ingredients :
Elbow Pasta.................1lb(use any kind)
Snap Peas.....................1cup
Kidney beans.................8oz can

Ingedients for Dressing :
Black Pepper Powder..............2tsp
Yellow Mustard Paste..............2tsp
Red Vine Vinegar.....................1tbsp
Olive oil...................................2tbsp
Thai Red Chilli Paste................1tsp

Preparation :
Cook pasta according to the package directions(add salt and oil in water while cooking pasta).While the pasta is cooking prep the vegetables.Wash all the veggies you are going to use and cut them in bite sizes.

Once the pasta is cooked al-dente drain the water from the pasta and add little olive oil to the hot pasta,immediately add all the vegetables you have cut, to the hot pasta and close the lid.The vegetables will get steamed with the heat of pasta.Remove the lid and add the rinsed kidney beans to the pasta.

Now take all the seasoning ingredients except chilli paste and place them in a bowl and whisk them well and pour over the pasta and vegetables.Stir the pasta well so that the vinegar-mustard-olive oil dressing blends well with the pasta.

Yummy vegetable pasta is ready to serve.If you want to make it more spicy add Thai chilly paste in the pasta for adults .

Note :
1) Use any kind of pasta.You can use whole grain pasta too .They all taste good with this recipe.

2)You can also add bell-peppers ,olives , broccoli and sweet corn to this dish.

3)Do not add any cheese to this dish.It tastes good without cheese because of the dressing.

I am sending this recipe to Cooking with pasta event hosted by Sowmya of Creative Saga.

I am sending this recipe to Healthy Inspirations -Salads event hosted by Usha.


  1. Vegatable pasta looks fabulous Kiran, really a filling dish..

  2. Kiran,

    Pasta looks delicious, healthy and simple. i like it.

  3. Kiran, this surely looks lovely.

  4. Dear Priya Mitharwal,thank you.

  5. quick and healthy pasta...looks colorful and delicious.....

  6. Simple light and a healthy dinner. Looks nice:)

  7. Hy Kiran,

    Chanced upon ur blog, while blog hopping...wonderful n healthy collection of recipes you have dear...happy to follow u...do drop in at my blog sometime.

  8. Love pastas :)

    Collect award for you at...

  9. Pasta looks so colorful and delicious dear...very tempting :)

  10. Dear Jay,thank you for visiting my blog and for your lovely words.Will surely visit ur blog.

  11. Dear Lopa,thank you for sharing an award with me.

  12. Hi Kiran.. Pasta dish seems to be simple and it will be filling too.

    If you have ur entry for indian flavoured pizza, do send me, i shall add to the roundup. But iam posting the roundup tommorrow!!

  13. Thank you Lavi.I sent my pizza entry to you.

  14. HI kiran, Nice recipe. Rich and delicious food. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Dear Shriya,Thank you for visiting my blog and for the nice words.Keep visiting.

  16. Pasta looks delicious Kiran. Adding mustard paste must have made it spicy. I have got you chain award, hope it is OK if I post it this weekend, already have some posts to publish, Sorry, please dont take it wrong.

  17. Pata dish looks lovely and colourful and delicious.My 1st visit here, following your blog.Do drop by simply.food sometime.

  18. Pasta looks delicious Kiran. Like the ingredients in the dressing

  19. Dear Ruchika,thank you for your nice words.Happy to know that you have accepted the chain post.Post it at your convenience.

  20. Dear Simply.food,thank you for stopping by and following my blog.Will surely visit you.

  21. looks so yummy..liked the color.quick and easy recipe..

  22. Dear PranisKitchen, thank you.

  23. Really delicious dishes tou have.. do visit my site .. following you

  24. wow!! that sounds quick and tasty...

  25. Dear Srividhya,thank you.Will surely visit you.

  26. Very inviting pasta dish ! Thanks for sharing it with the Healthy Inspirations event...


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