Monday, March 10, 2008

Pinwheel Pasta in a Roasted Vegetable Sauce

On a recent visit to our local Farmers’ market, I came across a store selling a wide assortment of pasta. I’ve never seen so many different varieties, colors and flavors of pasta in one place before! I spent a good deal of time in that particular store alone trying to pick out something I’d never used before and finally settled on this pretty looking pinwheel pasta.

After coming back home, this was pushed to the back of my pantry and was forgotten about until a couple of days back.
I then decided to use it along with whatever vegetables I had on hand to make this tasty dish.

Rotelle/Pinwheel pasta
2 carrots, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 big onion, peeled and sliced
½ red bell pepper, chopped
20-25 grape tomatoes, halved
4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp red chilli flakes
½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp dried rosemary
Salt and Pepper
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (for topping)
A handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

On a baking sheet, toss the carrots, onions, peppers, grape tomatoes and garlic with olive oil, salt, pepper, red chilli flakes and dried herbs. Roast until tender for about 35-45 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions or until al dente. Reserve some pasta water to make the sauce and drain off the rest.

Once the roasted veggies have cooled down a bit, blend adding a little bit of the pasta water at a time, to get a sauce-like consistency. (You could skip this step and leave the roasted veggies alone too.)

In a large bowl, pour the roasted vegetable sauce over the pasta and toss to coat.

Stir in the chopped fresh basil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top.

I’m sending this over to dear Ruth for
Presto Pasta Nights.

Other pasta recipes here:
Simple Pasta Salad
Pasta with Basil Pesto
Pasta with roasted Bell Pepper-Cherry Tomato sauce
Ravioli with Balsamic Brown Butter

43 Burps:

Sreelu said...

Pin wheel pasta looks great. I recently found a website, which will send you your choice of personalized pasta shape and color. I love different shapes and flavors of pasta :)

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...


I love this pasta..We get fryums of this shape here LOL
The pasta really looks good!!

Nags said...

wow! never seen that kinda pasta before.

Dhivya said...

i've never seen this too...nice presentation....Baking sounds great..Yummy recipe

Saswati said...

Wow those pinwheels look delicious smothered with the pasta sauce.

sra said...

I was reading it as pinwheel pasta in a ROTATED vegetable sauce!

Aparna said...

This pasta looks nice, the pinwheel shape is new to me.

Asha said...

How did you make that stand up like that??!!! Very cool. Love the pasta dish tbc!:)

Happy cook said...

Looks beautiful and delicious

Vanamala said...

Hey really lovely pasta :)

Laavanya said...

I love that first picture... very catchy! :) Roasted vegetables and pasta is a favorite combination at our place too... looks great with the parsley and parmesan.

Patricia Scarpin said...

That pasta dish is all I wanted for lunch! All I ate was a stupid sandwich...

musical said...

Isn't it amazing, the kind of treasures one finds at the farmer's markets! The first picture is really awesome, so is the recipe!

Namratha said...

That sure is pretty T, now this reminds me, I have a bag of Elk shaped pasta which I bought in IKEA (of all places!)...will try it with this recipe ;) Looks yummy!

Madhu said...

Delicious recipe TBC,I like the roasted vegetable sauce. Pinwheel pasta looks very cute and colourful.

KayKat said...

That first pic totally rocks! :)

Sounds simple and delicious.

Richa said...

the first pic is so cute :)
looks d-lish!

Pooja said...

that looks yummy !!!

Red Chillies said...

Looks yummy and colorful. Loved the first picture.

Sig said...

lol, I can so relate to the story of picking up something new from a store with so much enthusiasm only to forget it among the hundreds of jars in the pantry... Good you remembered before it was too late... That is too pretty a pasta to waste..

Rachel said...

I've never seen this pasta! looks cute though!

Sia said...

loved both the pics and recipe :) first pic took me back to my childhood days where spinning the cycle wheel was one of my fav game;)

Vaishali said...

Oh, that pinwheel pasta looks so cute! And such a creative use of ingredients, TBC. The prepared dish looks lovely and very appetizing.

Ruth Daniels said...

What a fantastic dish of pasta! Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights!

Sagari said...

pasta looks so beautiful TBC

Seema said...

Loved the first picture.. Pasta all up & about.... cool! The dish looks yum too :-)

TBC said...

Sreelu- I do too. There are so many pretty shapes and colors to choose from!:-)

Swati- thanks.
Yeah, that IS true. I remember fryums. I used to love that.

Nags- and now u have!;-)
I bought it just 'cos it looked pretty . I have at least 3 other difft. kinds in my pantry...

Dhivya- thanks.:)

Saswati- delicious they were!:-)

Sra- I am not surprised u did!;-)
I went back and checked the title just to make sure though:-)

Aparna- thanks:)

Asha- thanks.
Making it stand- there was nothing to it at all. It has those small ridges so it was not at all difficult.:-)

HC- thanks:)

Vanamala- thanks:-)

Laavanya- thank you:-)

Patricia- awww... I too eat a lot of those stupid sandwiches.;-)

Musical- thank you dear:-)

Namratha- ooh elk shaped! I wanna see those. Make it and post it...sooooon!:-)
Speaking of Ikea- the pasta in the first pic is on an Ikea mug! Coincidence or wot!;-)

Madhu- thanks:-)

Kaykat- thank you. :-)

Richa- thanks:-)

Pooja- thanks:)

RC- thank you:-)

Sig- :-)
I did the same thing recently with a pack of hot chocolate. Bought it 'cos I thout I would die if I did not have it right away and now it is just lying around in the kitchen!:-(

Rachel- thanks:)

Sia- you changed your profile pic? It looks so good now- a girl enjoying getting drenched in the rain.:-)
I'm glad my pic made you nostalgic. Your lovely, heartwarming writing always does that to me!

Vaishali- thank you. I always think of you as the V(vegan) girl now!:-)

Ruth- glad I could participate this time.:-)

Sagari- thanks:-)

Seema- thank you:-)

Cynthia said...

With this dish, I'd want to be a kid and pick up each pin wheel admiring it and talking about it before I pop it into my mouth (lol)

Ricki said...

I love the look of that pasta! This combination of veggies sounds wonderful--and a cute little pasta shape doesn't hurt, I'm sure!

Hillary said...

This is such a great dish! I love pinwheel pasta!

Jayashree said...

I love the first pic.

zlamushka said...

what a cute pasta, I have never seen it!It s gotta capture the sauce really well.

Nupur said...

That picture is so cute! And the pasta looks hearty and delicious.

Cris said...

Hi sweetie, I am trying to catch up my reading here... you've been cooking so many good recipes! The muffin liners are so cute!!! We only get white ones here, hahah.

Barbara said...

It looks delicious.

Roopa Unnikrishnan said...

You have some fantastic photographs here - great work!

Latha Narasimhan said...

Pin wheel pasta looks great! Nice recipe TBC! :))

Shankari said...

These babies look darn cute :)

Roopa said...

Hello TBC, Thanks for visiting my blog, Nice pic here with the pin wheel :) Hope to see you around:)

Jenny Wren said...

I just discovered your blog. Lots of tasty dishes!

TBC said...

Cynthia- :-)

Ricki- welcome! and thanks for stopping by.:-)

Hillary- thank you for visiting and for the sweet comment.:)

Jayashree- thanks:-)

Zlamushka- there were so many beautiful shapes there! I found it so difficult to pick just one!

Nupur- thanks.:-)

Cris- I haven't been posting that frequently. You'll catch up in no time;-)

Barbara- thank you:-)

Roopa U.- thanks for stopping by.
It's very kind of you to say that.:-)

Latha!!! How have you been? I kept checking for updates. Hope your mom has recovered completely now.

Shankari- thanks:-)

Roopa- thanks. I will definitely stop by.:-)

Jenny- welcome!
Thank you.:-)

Jaya said...

U have wonderful site and some breath taking pictures ..
Pin wheel past in the first pic looks so elegant wheel , I wish I can be a child again to play with it ..LOL
I am sure this pasta dish is a relish ..however I will leave the veggies as it roasted to feel the crisp and crunch of it in this dish
thanks for sharing ..
hugs and smiles

TBC said...

Jaya- thank you so much! It means a lot to me!
Thanks for stopping by.:-)

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