Thursday, May 28, 2009

Peperonata: Pasta in Sugary-Peppery Sauce

Once upon a time, the name pasta was enough for me to skip the office party, as I used to hate it. May be I never felt like giving a try because of the ‘not so usual’ shapes of pasta & also because I tasted it at a wrong place first time. My first experience with pasta was in one of the restaurants in Central Mall, MG Road, Bangalore. It was pathetic. After that, I avoided all pasta parties. I repent my decision now after tasting delicious pastas here. I see a whole lot of change in myself within a year. I have not only started eating pastas, but started experimenting at home too.

All food bloggers love to blog hop. I’m not an exception to that; however my blog hopping is limited. My hubby takes control over my blog hopping & does not let me do it for more than 10 minutes. So, I always forget to bookmark the wonderful dishes that I dream to cook someday. One such recipe that I wanted to try from sometime was this pepperanata. I found this simple & delicious recipe at Madhuram’s place. I made few modifications to suit my needs & cooked it couple of weeks before. The sugary-peppery sauce with cheese makes you crave for third & fourth helping too. Thanks a lot for the nice recipe Madhuram.

Ingredients: (Serves 3)
Pasta: 250gms (I used whole wheat penne)
Yellow capsicum: 1 cup (cut into strips)
Green capsicum: 1cup (cut into strips)
Onion: 1 medium to big sized (sliced)
Green chilli: 2 nos (slit into 2)(Original recipe didnot have this)
Garlic: 4 pods (minced & finely chopped)
Sugar: 1 tbsp
Salt: According to taste
Pepper powder: 1tbsp
Parmesan cheese: 4 tbsp
Tomato: 2 nos (discard seeds, pulp & cut into strips) (Original Recipe didnot have this)
Water: 1/4th cup
Pasta Herbs: 1 tbsp
Olive Oil: 2 tbsp

  • Cook the pasta until soft by following the package instructions.
  • Add oil & salt while cooking. Drain the water & preserve some water to be used while sautéing the vegetables.
  • Heat a broad pan, add oil to it. When oil is hot, add minced garlic, and fry till it turns golden brown.
  • Add, onion, capsicum, water & cook it on a high flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Reduce the flame, add sugar, pasta herbs & cook the capsicum, onions on a medium to low flame for 10-15 minutes.
  • Throw in the tomatoes & cook again on high flame for 1 minute only.
  • Add cooked pasta, salt, pepper powder, cheese & toss them well. Serve it hot/warm with a bread of your choice.

  • If available, use cherry tomatoes instead of tomato strips.
  • I followed Madhuram’s suggestion & did not skip the sugar. She was right, addition of sugar takes this pasta to a different level altogether.
  • I strongly recommend you to add cheese (this was not in the original recipe) as it blends quite well with the “sugary-peppery” sauce. However, you can be flexible on the quantity of cheese.

Update: Goes to MFT:Cheese hosted by Poornima Nair of tasty treats & started by Bindiya.


  1. Delicious pasta dish..i too add sugar in my tomato pasta the taste of tangy and sweet together :)

  2. pasta looks delicious Sush. Love the photo

  3. Oh wow colorful and yum........

  4. I love pasta, there are very few varities I like, I mostly dislike those bland ones ..

    This one is yumm

  5. Lovely pasta Sush....looks very tempting...

  6. This is one tangy, spicy and sweet pasta with delicious combo

  7. wow! [ics r awsome change madidra ? lovely shots /.hey this pasta looks great

  8. Wha? You don't like pasta? Like J!!! I am just the opposite love pasta in anyform-lasgna, ravioli you name it I can have it!! This looks interesting!

  9. hey sushma,
    pasta with bell peppers and tomatoes are super simple and yummy, nice click. I agree adding sugar elevates the taste quite a bit:) yeshtu chenngi explain madtiri kanri ...nangu pasta madbeku anistide...bahushyah nale madtene friday alwa ;)
    My hugs and kisses to ur kiddo!
    be happy, tc

  10. I love pasta! this looks so delicious and tempting Sushma!

  11. Guess my first time here...pasta looks wonderful.I agree adding sugar makes a difference.Nice recipe!

  12. @Paritha, Trupti, Kitchen Flavors, Sowmya,
    Thanks a lot for your kind words.

    Same pinch, even I donot like the bland ones.

    @Prathibha, Purva Desai,
    Thanks a lot.

    @Mangala Bhat,
    illa ri, camera change madilla.., same old camera, but now my hubby started clicking the snaps for me :)

    Thanks a lot for visiting, I'll add my site soon :)

    dhanyavadagalu ri..,khanditha madi, hegittu antha heli aitha? andahage neevu eega yellirodu?

    Thank you.

    @Nithya Praveen,
    Welcome to my blog, thanks a lot for your kind words. Do keep visiting.

  13. Hi Sush, thank you for trying the recipe. I'm going to try it with cheese the next time.

  14. Looks DELICIOUS!! Thanks for the recipe!



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