Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Farfalle with creamy corn, pepper & tomatoes and Happy 2013

Wishing  you all a Rocking 2013. Hope the year is blessed and bestows all happiness & prosperity. 

What is life without hope ? The recent brutal carnage of the 23 year old has left an indelible sorrow,anguish and angst in all of us. In her death, she has awakened us. Hopefully, we channel all those energies in to shaping our system in such a way that it puts a morbid fear of law to the would be perpetrators. Besides its time we shed our lethargy & negativity, boot out insensitivity and embark on a spirited self. Rather than poke & point fingers and blame the system, we become the change and get proactive. In this context, I salute the indomitable spirit of the women of India. She faces obstacles at every step,  survives the jeers & catcalls as well as the sexist remarks. All talks of gender equality bite the dust amidst the taunts for the way she dresses and talks.  She is bracketed & stereotyped. Many a times, her very existence is questioned and she falters & stumbles. Yet she rises like a phoenix and faces the world boldly. Her hope to make the world a better place gets a thumping resolve every minute she is written off. She braves the odds and embraces life. Here's me doffing an imaginary hat to us ladies. WE ROCK !

The first day of 2013 blossomed amidst all these positive thoughts for me. The hearth buzzed with my daughter's favourite. This pasta dish got repeated yet again yesterday and why not ? It is simple to make and hugely filling. Besides it is a sure kid pleaser !

Rustling a lunch or dinner by spending little time in the kitchen is something I dote on. And if the dish is delicious and creamy with staple pantry ingredients and spells P.A.S.T.A then it has a stamp of approval from the kids too ! Go on and indulge in this creamy and blissful dish :)

What's in it :- (Prep time ; 15 mins, Cooking time : 10 mins, Serves :4)

  • Farfalle (Bowties) – 2 cups of dried butterfly shaped pasta
  • Olive Oil – 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Garlic – 5 large pods (chopped)
  • Green pepper (small) – 1 diced in to small cubes
  • Tomatoes (small) – 2 (cubed)
  • Sweet Corn (cooked) – 1/2 cup
  • Capers – a fistful
  • Italian Seasoning – a very generous sprinkle ( about 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp)
  • Fresh Cream – about 1 to 1 1/2 cups (250 to 300 ml)
  • Salt & Pepper – to taste
  • Water – as required (retained from the cooked pasta)
  • Grated Cheese – as required

Here's How :-

Cook pasta as per instructions in the pack. Take care it is al dente (firm to the bite).
Heat the olive oil and add garlic. Saute it for a few seconds. Tip in the pepper and tomatoes and saute for a 2-3 minutes. Add the sweet corn,capers, the seasoning, cream, salt & pepper. Cook it for 5 minutes or a little less.

Add the starchy water retained while draining the cooked pasta (as required) if the mix becomes too thick. Dunk the farfalle and cook for a minute or two until the pasta is totally coated with the sauce. Remove from flame and generously grate the cheese all over.

Serve hot & enjoy.

Chef Notes :-
  • You can add veggies of your choice like asparagus, broccoli.
  • Be sure to retain some water from the cooked pasta. This starchy liquid will add to the texture of the dish and lighten if the creamy mix becomes too thick.

Linking this to Nancy's YBR FEB


  1. omg...sooooooooooooper tempting..

  2. I have been able to get Nirbhaya / Damini out of my mind yet, I hope that we all fight together to give her, her due justice!
    Happy to hear that 2013 started on a positive note and this dish just is apt for a new beginning, simple yet satisfying!

  3. delicious and tempting...Ongoing event : Fast food - poha and Know your dairy- Milk events in my blog

  4. i love farfalle and i love cream so can i come over?

  5. Creamy n yummy pasta. Hope the new year brings in more good news for us

  6. looks yum..i rem the book in the background.

  7. Happy new year wishes to you and your family.Super rich looking creamy farfalle,my lil one's fav.

  8. Thanks for sharing ..looks very delicious,,

  9. mmmmmmmmmmmmm...............looks so creamy n yummy!smack

  10. I love Pasta too and this looks super yummmm!!

  11. happy new year..yeah it is so damn easy :)

  12. Yes, we do rock!!! Love the pasta. I have never made pasta the Italian way, I always end up putting in veggies and soya sauce into my pasta. This is a recipe I must try.

  13. Cute shape and looks appetizing! Happy New Year dear....

  14. Any pasta in a white sauce happens to be my favorite...loved this recipe..

  15. Liked your blog and the prelude to this post was v sensitive.

    The pasta looks yummyyyy...pasta is to me what cocoa is to a bazillion women...cant wait to try it out, besides the receipe looks super super simple!!