they say pasta is like tape, it fixes everything and we can’t agree anymore because eating pasta makes us wonder where all our problems have gone. Since for us home is where there is pasta, we decided to dig up a smacking pasta recipe to maintain our Monday blues.
Life is all about exploring pasta dishes, and if you’re looking for a quick midweek dinner, this baked cheesy pasta promises to be a crowd-pleaser. Check out the easy recipe below and thank us later.
Ziti / penne pasta – 250 g
Tomatoes, blanched – 5 medium
Onions (chopped and sliced) – 3 medium-sized each
Garlic (chopped) – 10 cloves
Basil leaves – ¼ cup
Spinach leaves (blanched) – 1 bundle
Cottage cheese (grated) – 1 cup
Grated cheese – 1 cup
Cheese sauce – 1 cup
Dry herbs – ¼ cup
Salt – to taste
Pepper – a pinch
Sunflower oil – 2 tbsp
Cook the ziti / penne pasta with a little salt until al dente. Remove from hot water and set aside in cold water.
For the pasta sauce – blanch the tomatoes. Heat oil in a pan, add chopped onions and garlic (half the amount above), mix blanched tomatoes, salt, basil, peppercorns, herbs and ¼ of fresh basil.
Let it cook until the tomatoes are fully cooked and mashed. Let cool and stir until smooth. Heat Godrej oil in another pan, fry the onions and garlic. Add the blanched spinach, season with salt and sauté for a few minutes.
Set aside and let cool. Take a baking dish, grease it with a little sunflower oil and coat the bottom with pasta sauce, then the pasta with the spinach mixture.
Add the grated or crumbled cottage cheese, grated cheese and sprinkle with dry herbs. Repeat this layer 2 times or until it reaches the top level of your baking dish and finally top it with cheese sauce and herbs.
Bake for 15 minutes at 135 ° C, until the top layer is gratinated. Garnish with basil leaves and serve with garlic bread.
(Recipe: Godrej Group)
In addition to being cheap and easy to prepare when not served raw, spinach is known to contain 28.1 milligrams of vitamin C in a 100 gram serving, as stated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Because it is high in fiber and water, it promotes a healthy digestive tract by preventing constipation.
The leaves of the spinach are also rich in protein, iron, vitamins and minerals. The vitamin A it contains moisturizes the skin and hair, while the vitamin C it contains gives skin and hair structure and the iron content keeps hair loss in check.
Not only does it help treat diabetes and prevent cancer, but it also helps prevent asthma and lower blood pressure.
Loaded with the goodness of healthy fats and milk proteins, paneer, or cottage cheese, helps build a strong immune system that is currently a top priority for everyone amid the Covid-19 pandemic, supports normal digestive system function and builds better bones and teeth thanks to its high calcium content. Not only is it an essential ingredient in weight loss programs, but it is also an ideal food for diabetics and reduces the risk of cancer.