When you have leftover whole wheat pasta and the wish to create something wonderful is at its peak then the best thing to do is to bake it with veggies and herb salami, red onions, spices and herbs.
Pasta is the greatest comfort food and one of my favorites. Imagine a red sauce laden pasta packed with the goodness of chicken and vegetables laying under the layer of bubbling cheese. Digging into it is a sin anyone would like to commit. I had a wonderful Italian dinner last night with mom and today the family is there to sample some of my cooking. I can assure you they will not be disappointed. The main dish will be acompanied with a salad and fresh mangoes to complete the dinner. I am using the leftover boiled chickpeas again to make the salad. The recipe is on the blog.
For this flavorful pasta you will need
Penne Pasta – 300 gm
Bell Peppers – Red, Yellow 1 big each
Mushrooms – 100 gm chopped roughly
Red onion – 2 big
Tomatoes – 6 big
Garlic Cloves -5
Herb Salami slices – 200 gm (I used the one with pepper and other herbs)
Mozzarella Cheese – 1/2 cup grated (you can use any cheese)
Olive oil – 3 table-spoon
Dry oregano – 1/4 teaspoon
Chili Flakes – 1 teaspoon
Italian Herb mix – 1/1 Teaspoon
Cilantro – 1/4 cup ( you can add other herbs vegetables of your choice)
Salt and pepper – to taste
Mixed herbs ( cilantro, basil etc) – as per taste
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Boil the pasts al dente ,drain and keep aside. Keep some of the starchy water for later use.
In a pan heat some olive oil. Toss crushed garlic and rings of red onion ( cut onion rings and put in chilled water. Rings will separate) . Saute a little till both the things turn golden.
Add salami strips and turn flip them till golden in color. ( You can add ham, beef or any other meat preparation to give it a different twist)
Turn off the gas and keep aside.
In a pan heat a tablespoon of olive oil, add chopped onion and stir till it is translucent, add the tomatoes, add a little tomato sauce to it.
Add salt, pepper and other spices. Cook till you acheive a smooth texture .
Add mushrooms and other veggies.
Stir in the herbs.
Once cooked add boiled pasta and mix well. turn off the flame.
In a ovenproof dish or baking tray layer some of the pasta then layer the salami, onion. Keep layering alternately till all of it is used.
Top it up with grated cheese.
Bake for 10-15 minutes till cheese starts bubbling and turns golden.
Remove from oven and serve with a salad.