Spicy Tomato & Cheese Pasta (Serves: Two; Preparation Time: 45 minutes)


Ingredients

  • 200 gms fusilli pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5-6 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 garlic pod/ 6-8 garlic cloves
  • 5-6 button mushrooms (optional, you could add chicken instead)
  • 8-10 pitted and sliced black olives
  • 2 tbsp salsa sauce
  • Freshly crushed black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano/mixed herbs
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Cheese (any cheese, even cheese spread would do)
Steps
  • Boil the pasta as per the instructions on the pack

  • In a pan, heat olive oil and sauté  finely chopped garlic; once they turn brown, introduce tomato paste and then add salt and red chilli powder

  • Cover the pan and stir occasionally, allow it to cook for about 20 minutes, or, till it acquires a thick consistency

  • Add the salsa sauce and sprinkle black pepper and let it cook for another 3-4 minutes; grate the cheese, add it to the tomato base and cook for another  2-3 minutes; now add oregano or mixed herbs (You can also use the one that comes along with your pizza home delivery)

  • Now ready the mushrooms; for this, in a separate pan, boil them along with salt and a pinch of turmeric (turmeric acts as a disinfectant and  rids it of any odour), drain the water and chop mushrooms into fine  pieces OR you could use precooked chicken

  • Add the chopped mushrooms/chicken and olives to the tomato base, and finally add the pasta; cook for an additional 2-3 minutes

  • Serve and add grated cheese on top!!

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