Whipping up a good dish of pasta really makes the day. For me personally, I would usually choose to have it in Aglio Olio or the traditional tomato base. I seldom go for cream based pastas but they can be heavenly when done right. My own recipe calls for the Heavenly 3 combination of Onion, Garlic and Chilli Padi. I guess most of my cooking involves different quantities of each but the base set of ingredients remain the same. I use the combination for making soups, roasting chicken or vegetables, stir fries, and of course pastas. A personal favourite definitely, and oh so tasty.
The way I prepare every pasta dish is to always saute the pasta with the sauce. I used to eat pasta with the sauce ladled onto the noodles but have always found it lacklustre in flavour, and presentation. The better way as I’ve found out (before realising that it was the way to cook pasta) is to fry the noodles with the sauce just before serve. What you get is an organized mix of flavours evenly coated on all the noodles. And with the talents of sweet onion, fragrant garlic, and hot chilli illuminating the tangy umaminess of the tomato base, this is a explosive delight when enjoyed hot!
Heavenly 3 Pasta with Wholemeal Spaghetti
- 1-2 servings of wholemeal spaghetti (150grams)
- 2 medium sized red onions, sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3 chilli padi, chopped
- Bottled traditional pasta sauce
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Ground Black Pepper
- Boil the spaghetti for about 15 minutes in salted water. Set pasta aside (do not wash pasta). Keep about 4-5 tablespoons of the pasta water.
- Heat pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil over a low fire.
- Stir fry onions, garlic and chilli padi until fragrant.
- Add in half cup of pasta sauce, quickly stirring.
- Add in spaghetti, stir, add in the pasta water.
- Reduce consistency of pasta sauce till slightly thick, serve.
Serves 1-2. Done in 20 minutes.
*I prefer wholemeal spaghetti as it the rough coarse texture takes you longer to chew, fully appreciating the sauce with the grainy goodness. And it makes you feel full longer. If you like the regular spaghetti, go ahead and use it as a substitute.