December 8, 2008

Evelyn's Favorite Pasta

I love Pasta. I am a huge pasta eater because it is such a comfort food. I think most of us do love pasta because our bodies are designed to love carbohydrates.

I love all kinds of pasta, Penne being my all time favorite. Speaking of Penne Pasta, Iam sure all pasta enthusiasts, particularly CheeseCake Factory fans will be familiar with Evelyn's Favorite Pasta.


Evelyn's Favorite Pasta is so wonderfully comforting. Tossed with olive oil, some nice roasted vegetables & lovely basil & parmesean cheese, it is sure to please your tastebuds. It is so fully of flavor, hearty & makes a delicious, easy dinner. This is one of the healthier Pasta options if you happen to be a health freak.

Also, I recently discovered that, Whole Wheat pasta tastes exactly like traditional pasta. Why dont you guys switch over to whole wheat pasta too. Its a lot healthier for you.

Since I do not have the option to go over to CheeseCake Factory, Here's my attempt to recreate the pasta magic at home,

Preparation Time: 30 mins

You will need:
  • 2 cups Penne Rigate
  • 1/2 an eggplant - cubed
  • 1 green bell pepper - cubed
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 tsp pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp dry basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesean cheese
  • Salt as per taste

Method:

  • Boil Pasta in heavily salted water as per package instructions.
  • Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan, Add chopped eggplants, broccoli florets & saute for a while.
  • Add chopped bell peppers, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts & saute over medium flame until the vegetables are well roasted. See to it that the vegetables retain their crunch. Do Not over cook the vegetables.
  • Mix in cooked pasta, basil leaves, parmesean cheese & some salt. Mix well & simmer on low heat for about 4 - 5 minutes until the pasta is well coated with vegetables.

Serve HOT with some grated cheese. Enjoi !!!

NOTE:

You could also add some roasted artichoke & olives. I omitted it as I didn't want to mix in too many flavors. I DO NOT recommend adding these. But you can go ahead & add them if you like to.

49 comments:

Cooking nurse said...

Oh, seem something like it I eat once at some restaurant! Very nice! Need to try it!

Shama Nagarajan said...

wow...colourful...perfect

Arundathi said...

i love evelyn's pasta - miss it a lot. thanks. will try this.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

mmm now i am tempted to make pasta for lunch. looks delicious.

Laavanya said...

It's been a while since I went to cheesecake factory but almost always ordered this. Looks great Deesha.

srikars kitchen said...

looks delicious... nice pic..

Cham said...

Yeap i switched to whole wheat too... The pasta is divine!

AnuSriram said...

I love pastas... This looks absolutely delicious!

Shankar said...

Pasta is not something i hog. However, looks of it is mouth drooling & can't resist having it. Keeep up the good job...

Shankar said...

Pasta is not something i hog. However, looks of it is mouth drooling & can't resist having it. Keeep up the good job...

Usha said...

Looks delicious, I have been having the whole wheat pasta and multi grain pasta for quite a while now and love it, i do not miss the white pasta even a little bit :-)

Curry Leaf said...

Whole wheat is very good,now it has become not just Evelyn's but yours as well.:D Healthy and tasty

Smitha said...

Oh yeah! Pasta is welcome anytime! if pasta is this good, it is icing on the cake!

Uma said...

any kind of pasta tastes good for me. looks so delicious and mouthwatering.

sowmya said...

looks delicious..am going to switch over to whole wheat pasta..it is healthier...

Gita's Kitchen said...

Sounds like an easy recipe to make yet a healthy one, looks so delicious :)

Sunshinemom said...

I use whole wheat pasta too. It tastes as good but I have a traditional sauce and am afraid to try basil because I wonder whether the kids will like it! Will try out this one!

rekhas kitchen said...

yum yum one of my fav. so mouth watering

Jaishree said...

This looks absolutely delicious and mouthwatering.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Just few days back I enjoyed ppasta from pastamania here,i loved it and thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe:)

Nazarina A said...

I love your pictures of your food!They all look so delicious! I love your penne dish and who does not love the Cheesecake factory? LOL!

raaji said...

deesha that really tempts me ....i need to rush to CKF for this i dont have the enough grocery to make.....

Suma Rajesh said...

looks really great....i love pastas...

Gayathri Gopinath said...

Pasta looks delicious and tasty.....Deesha. I love pasta :)

notyet100 said...

i can just say YUM,...:-)

anudivya said...

I like all the ingredients that you put in your pasta. Looks delicious.

vidhas said...

Pasta looks so delicious.

Daily Meals said...

Pasta looks tempting...

veggie belly said...

looks wonderful! this is such an easy recipe too. I'd probably add the olives because i love olives.

Archy said...

I love pasta.. These looks so yum with cheese, olives Deesha.. shall try!!

Ramya Bala said...

Hi deepthi
I luv pasta yaar..looking for pasta recipes...urs will be really useful to me...

and now that chef has deleted the scrap from scrapbook....(todays update)
Thanks for ur concern dear

Chandani said...

yummmm :)

Sujatha said...

I agree, pasta is a comfort food for me too.. and the whole wheat pasta is healthier too.. looks appetizing.. :)

Priya said...

Pasta looks gorgeous Deesha...loved the ingredients..delicious..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Yummy for tummy recipe.

Sheetal Kiran said...
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Sheetal Kiran said...

Ahhh, Cheesecake Factory, I love thee so! Sounds wonderful Deesha, and with whole wheat pasta too.

Sheetal Kiran said...

Ahhh, Cheesecake Factory, I love thee so! Sounds wonderful Deesha, and with whole wheat pasta too.

Sheetal Kiran said...
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Sheetal Kiran said...

oops ... I think my computer went into overdrive there! And now won't let me delete the extra comments ... sorry Deesha!

Yasmeen said...

Healthy pasta with all the veggies:)

Andhra Flavors said...

healthy green pasta! very uselful recipe.

Alka said...

looks perfect and tempting...i am actually bit apprehensive of having pastas and all coz already we consume loads of carbs in form of Biscuits,maggie,noodles,pakwan,mathris etc.but looking at this i just wannna give it a shot :-)yeah u r right we have some incredible affinity towards carbs ;-)

SriLekha said...

that looks delicious!

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Anonymous said...

I ate this recently at Cheesecake Factory and they had artichokes and yellow bell peppers instead of red. Maybe the changed the recipe since this one was posted, but it was delicious with the artichoke.

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