DAY 15 – Pasta La Vista

Eat Pasta. Run Fasta

Nothing like the contentment of digging into a bowl of  pasta for a succulent treat! Packed with flavors, there’s so much you could do with the much-loved Italian staple.

Penne means “quills” or “feathers” in Italian. This popular pasta complements many sauces, but pairs particularly well with chunky meat or vegetable, oil-based, or cream ones.

I have tried a lot of pasta recipes at home and they never fail to tickle my palate.

Today I worked out Penne in Arabiata sauce and Penne in Alfredo sauce.

Penne in Arabiata sauce

Pleasing pasta bursting with flavors of garlic, basil, oregano and red chili.


  1. Penne pasta                       1 cup
  2. Olive oil                             3 tbsp
  3. Onion                                1
  4. Garlic                                 5-6 cloves
  5. Red chili powder              2 tsp
  6. Dried oregano                   2 tbsp
  7. Salt                                     To taste
  8. Red and yellow bell peppers   1/2 cup
  9. Green capsicum                 1/4 cup
  10. Cheese                               10 gms

*Pre- preparation

1 Boil pasta until al dente.


  1. Heat the oil and saute the onions and garlic till slightly colored.
  2. Add in the bell peppers and capsicum. Cook until tender.
  3. Add the tomato puree and bring to a boil,  add salt, chili powder, oregano and boiled pasta.
  4.   Mix in the cheese.
  5. Serve hot.


Penne in Alfredo sauce

Loaded with cheese.


  1. Penne pasta                   1 cup
  2. Butter                              1 tbsp
  3. All purpose flour            2 tbsp
  4. Milk                                 1/2 cup
  5. Salt                                   To taste
  6. Crushed black pepper   1/2 tbsp
  7. Italian herb seasoning   1 tsp
  8. Sugar.                                 2 tsp
  9. Cheese                              1/4 cup



  1. Boil water in a sauce pan. Add the penne pasta and let it cook till al dente. Drain and cool.


  1. Heat butter in a saucepan, add all purpose flour. Sauté.
  2. Pour in milk gradually to avoid lumps. Keep the flame on low and continue stirring until the sauce thickens.
  3. Add salt and pepper and mix well.
  4. Tip in the cheese and mix well.
  5. Add the penne pasta and toss well.
  6. Serve hot.

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