Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Zebra Pasta!


When I was partnered with Cooking In an Apron for this month's Taste & Create, I was very excited. I hadn't visited her blog before and its always exciting to visit a new blog - but I was in for a huge surprise - she's one of the most talented writers and cooks! Her blog is filled with fantastic cakes and cookies and I found myself putting on a few pounds just looking at the pictures!

For my part, I decided not to even try to recreate her delicious bakes. I went for the one pasta in her blog - and that was superb too! I recently acquired some gorgeously quirky black and white bow tie pasta, and it was put to great use in this recipe - which had no sauce - exactly the way I like my pasta!


For the exact recipe, please see her post. The pasta is tossed with olive oil and garlic, smashed peas and ricotta cheese. The only changes I made was that I substituted bow tie for penne, used paneer or Indian cottage cheese (yes, full fat!) instead of ricotta and made a veggie version without the sausage. It was gorgeous and became an instant hit at dinner.


Thank you for the recipe! And thanks, Nicole, for another great edition of T&C!

33 comments:

Peter M said...

Oh look at this...the pasta is so pretty!

Bhavani said...

OMG ! and I was in awe of the pasta shaped like a wheel ! cool blog A !!:)

sra said...

You ARE on a zebra streak, aren't you! That's truly unusual!

gocbep said...

I haven't seen this pasta before. So pretty and looks yum!

Beth said...

I've never seen zebra pasta before. This looks like a great pasta dish!

Madhuram said...

Wow, I have a lot of catching up to do with your posts Arundathi.

The pasta definitely looks quirky. I have not seen it before. Good one.

ranji said...

wow anu..zebra cake and now zebra pasta!!i have never seen such pretty bow ties here...i too like pastas without sauce..good choice..

syrie said...

Wow. Looks fabulous!

delhibelle said...

i never thought that bow pasta could get any cuter!
I love your minimalistic treatment to the pasta..

Dragon said...

I've never seen zebra pasta before. Fantastic!

Nirmala said...

Arundhathi, I really wonder where in chennai due u shop for these kinda things! Looks wonderful! Am not a pasta fan but this is really inviting!

Priyanka said...

wow, i had never come across a zebra bow-tie pasta before....with just a few ingredients it is definitely easy to make and delicious to eat.

CIA-Cooking In An Apron said...

Awesome pasta...you're on a roll with the zoo theme!!! And if you want me to send you some of the ingedients for the granola bars, just send me your address and I will send 'care package'!! Trust me it will be worth the wait! All the best!

Divya said...

Zebra cake and now zebra pasta..what next??:-)the pasta looks yummy!!

Arundathi said...

Peter - Isn't it, though? - I loved it.

Bhavani - LOL! Thanks babe

Sra - Yes, I love it!

Gocbep - Yes, I hadn't seen it before either.

Beth - I hadn't seen it either - and this is one delicious dish

Madhuram - THanks!

Ranji - Thanks! Yes, on a zebra hunt!

Syrie - thanks!

Delhibelle - LOL me too - how cute are they!!

Dragon - thanks!

Nirmala - Unfortunately its not from Chennai - wish we did get stuff like that here. I'm a huge pasta fan, so will eat it over most things!

Priyanka - Yes, it is!

CIA - Oh you're so sweet! And thanks for the fantastic recipe - we loved it!

Divya - LOL! Giraffes!!

Shreya said...

Pretty pasta you have there!:-)

lakshmi said...

No leopards and giraffes? Perhaps some tiger stripes? LOL

I have an idea - imagine making zebra canneloni - :D

Siri said...

OMG! they look like small cutie zebra's herd in that jar.. hehehe..the pasta looks so diff and yum! and 'no sauce' is the best part..:)

Hugs,
Siri

Siri said...

I want giraffes next.. love the tallies..;)

Srivalli said...

OMG..anu..thats just fab!!!..I should really say you try all the beautiful things!...

bhagyashri said...

This is looking so good Arundathi!
I have something for you on my blog.

mitr_bayarea said...

Zebra pasta looks smashing, how did u ever get the bow tie pasta to look striped like that?

Bharti said...

That really is a quirky looking pasta! Never seen one like it before! Recipe sounds delicious.
I have something for you on my blog Arundhati! Do check it out.

yummy food by mummy said...

Great!
Ur idea of shaping them into Zebra style is really creative...
Sure along with adults kids too will enjoy eating 'Zebra pasta" as the name itself will make all curious abt the taste...
Very creative post!! :-)

Ranjani said...

Pretty pasta!
I like my pasta pretty simple too- I don't typically gravitate towards drowing it in sauce either, though I have a fab recipe for a white wine cream sauce, just a hint of that mixed with some starchy pasta water is all you need to jazz up some fresh fettucini or orchiette. I'll think of you next time I make it!- BTW, I'm on the waiting list at the French Laundry- it's still a number of months away, but hey I made it on the list! Now I just need to plan my trip around it...!

farida said...

this is what I call creativity! amazing looking pasta!

Divya Vikram said...

Am amazed looking at this cute pasta..

Arundathi said...

Shreya - thanks!

Lakshmi - nice!

Siri - Yes, I want giraffes too - any ideas?

Valli - thanks babe!

Bhagyashri - thanks - just checked it out!

Mitr_bayarea - I bought the pasta.

Bharti - isn't it lovely? thanks - just checked out your blog.

Yummy food by Mummy - thanks!

Ranjani - ooh - French Laundry is worth every second you have to wait - absolutely amazing!! Have fun!

Farida - lol, it is isn't it?

Divya - :)

Jude said...

Never seen this before. Very nice simple flavorings and I bet the paneer went really well with it.

Arundathi said...

Surprisingly it went very well. I enjoyed the flavors very much!

Rajani said...

very cute pasta!! I've missed so much great food this last month!! have to catch up on all your recipes as well! is it really called zebra pasta?

Arundathi said...

nope its not actually called that...but thats what i call it to get my daughter to eat it up! :)

Pasta Dies said...

It Look good to see this can You share the recipe so that i can made this pasta in my honme.