Recipe Of The Week – Wheat Pasta With Red Sauce (Indian Style)

Pasta is one of the easiest things to cook and has simple and readily available ingredients. The only issue which can arise is due to:

  • the right cooking of the pasta (most instances, it is undercooked)
  • the freshness of the ingredients

Pasta comes in various types (20 odd types and counting), the most common being:

  • penne
  • spaghetti
  • ravioli
  • macaroni
  • farfalle
  • tagliatelle
  • pappardelle
  • shells
  • gnocchi
  • angel hair
  • lasagna
  • linguine

Pasta sauces/dressings are also plenty, the most common being:

  • mushroom cream
  • aglio e olio
  • alfredo (white sauce pasta)
  • arrabbiata (red sauce pasta)
  • bolognese

Since we obviously can’t replicate the amazing pasta which we find in the streets of Italy. We can, however, make a simplified recipe, which not only is healthy and nutritious but also Indianised and is soulful.


Preparation type: Easy

Preparation time: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Quantity prepared: 2 servings


Ingredients :

For making the tomato sauce:

  •  tomatoes (diced) – 5 to 6 large sized
  • garlic clove – 2 full
  • onion – 1 to 2
  • Water – 500 ml
  • bay leaf – 1 in number
  •  sugar – 1/2 teaspoon
  • basil leaves – 6 to 10
  • salt – to taste
  • oil – as per needed


  • For making the pasta:
  • 100 to 250 grams – whole wheat pasta (penne or spaghetti preferred)
  • water – 3 to 5 cups
  • pinch of salt


Step 1: Prepare the sauce:

  • cook/blanch the tomatoes in a pan
  • add 2/3 of the chopped garlic & onion (save 1/3 of garlic & onion for later)
  • add the bay leaf to water to cook evenly
  • then season with salt and sugar
  • cover the pan and let the tomatoes boil
  • cool the mixture and then grind to a puree
  • take a separate pan, heat oil and add (1/3 of) chopped onions & garlic
  • to this add the tomato puree
  • cook till it reduces to half the quantity on low flame
  • add basil leaves and set aside

Step 2: Prepare the pasta:(In most cases, the instructions on how to make the pasta will be mentioned on the packaging)

  • boil water with salt
  • add the pasta to it and let it boil.
  • drain when done
  • transfer in a serving dish and add the tomato sauce based on how you like it

Nutritional value:

Calories – 170 to 200 kcal (per serving)
Carbohydrates – 32 to 35 grams
Fat – 1.1 to 2 grams
Protein – 5 to 7 grams




Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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