Pasta in Spring Onion and Cottage Cheese Sauce and My First Set of Awards

Sometimes I get culinary ideas at the craziest of time and places. And I am not going to elaborate on either of them :-D. Such is the mental stimulation that food blogging provides. When body is tired and refuses to move, heart wants to relax and just be, some corner of the mind keeps working on culinary ideas. And from this corner I got the idea to try pasta in a green onion and cottage cheese dip I posted about sometime ago. It was a welcome addition of a new flavour, subtle, nice. Since me and hubby mostly end up eating Arabiata or Basil Pesto flavoured ones we enjoyed this change thoroughly. And the best part about this is, easy and simple ingredients. Here it goes:

Ingredients:

For Sauce
1 and 1/2 heaped cup of home made cottage cheese
3 Spring onion with the greens (stem)
1/4 cup of milk
salt to taste
2 cups of penne of any pasta of choice
1/2 cup of vegetables of choice
5-6 tbsp lemon juice
fresh ground pepper
dried basil or any other herbs (optional)
2 tbsp chopped walnuts
Olive oil for cooking

Method:

  • Make a puree of the sauce ingredients. The sauce should be runny. (It will thicken when heated) Add more milk if needed.
  • Boil Pasta as per instruction on the packet. Ideally it should take 8-12 minutes. Pasta should be firm, yet tender. I normally scoop out a piece and check. Here is a good article about cooking it al’ dente http://busycooks.about.com/cs/pastarice/ht/cookpasta.htm. Strain them.
  • In a non stick pan heat Olive oil. Add vegetables and salt. Cook till they are tender yet firm. If you prefer you can parboil the vegetables before cooking.
  • Add walnuts. Add Sauce. When it starts to thicken, add pasta. Mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  • Add lemon juice. Sprinkle fresh ground pepper and basil. Serve hot.

I had not added veggies in my preparation, but in hindsight they would have made it a perfect meal. Hence included them in the recipe.

And My First Award!!!!!

I was about to say good night to my laptop yesterday night when a thought of checking up my blog came up. Sleepily I logged in and saw a message from blogger friend Ammu Mohan about a set of awards waiting for me. Initially it was a surprise which turned into a pleasant surprise….I got my first set of awards and that too before completing half a century !!! 🙂 Ammu a big thank you for sharing it with me. You made my night if I put it up literally 😀

As I accept the awards, I reiterate the rules for this award:

  • You must thank the person who passed on the award to you
  • Copy and paste the logos in your blog
  • You must say 7 things about you
  • You must pass it on to 10 other new or newly discovered blogs
  • Leave a comment in most recent post of the nominated person to let them know about the award
  • Leave a comment in this post after you have posted the awards in your blogs

7 things about me:

  • I love to dance
  • I don’t like routine cooking 🙂
  • I love the energy and enthusiasm little kids have. It rubs off on me.
  • I like to see colours everywhere…nature, home, decor, food, clothes,..on me 😀
  • Like all women I am very fond of shopping, esp clothes
  • I have a good sense of mix and match of clothes and accessories.
  • I can skip main meal for dessert.

I am passing the award to:

  1. Priya at Now Serving
  2. South Indian Home
  3. Aipi at US Masala
  4. Arundhuti at My Saffron Kitchen
  5. Revathy at Kaarasaram
  6. Aruna at Veggie Paradise
  7. Savitha’ Kitchen
  8. Sushmita at Sinfoodie
  9. Adelina at Vegetarian Yogini
  10. Banaras ka Khana

 

Pasta in Spring Onion and Cottage Cheese Sauce and My First Set of Awards

Cuisine: Italian
Author: CinnamonNChillies
Sometimes I get culinary ideas at the craziest of time and places. And I am not going to elaborate on either of them :-D. Such is the mental stimulation that food blogging provides. When body is tired and refuses to move, heart wants to relax and just be, some corner of the mind keeps working on culinary ideas. And from this corner I got the idea to try pasta in a green onion and cottage cheese dip I posted about sometime ago. It was a welcome addition of a new flavour, subtle, nice. Since me and hubby mostly end up eating Arabiata or Basil Pesto flavoured ones we enjoyed this change thoroughly. And the best part about this is, easy and simple ingredients. Here it goes:
Ingredients
  • 1 and 1/2 heaped cup of home made cottage cheese
  • 3 Spring onion with the greens (stem)
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups of penne of any pasta of choice
  • 1/2 cup of vegetables of choice
  • 5-6 tbsp lemon juice
  • fresh ground pepper
  • dried basil or any other herbs (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • Olive oil for cooking
Instructions
  1. Make a puree of the sauce ingredients. The sauce should be runny. (It will thicken when heated) Add more milk if needed.
  2. Boil Pasta as per instruction on the packet. Ideally it should take 8-12 minutes. Pasta should be firm, yet tender. I normally scoop out a piece and check. Here is a good article about cooking it al’ dente
  3. http://busycooks.about.com/cs/pastarice/ht/cookpasta.htm
  4. Strain them.
  5. In a non stick pan heat Olive oil. Add vegetables and salt. Cook till they are tender yet firm. If you prefer you can parboil the vegetables before cooking.
  6. Add walnuts. Add Sauce. When it starts to thicken, add pasta. Mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  7. Add lemon juice. Sprinkle fresh ground pepper and basil. Serve hot.
  8. I had not added veggies in my preparation, but in hindsight they would have made it a perfect meal. Hence included them in the recipe.
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Comments
19 Responses to “Pasta in Spring Onion and Cottage Cheese Sauce and My First Set of Awards”
  1. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal says:

    Absolutely love the idea and sauce, bookmarked your recipe 🙂

  2. Priya says:

    Omg, cant take my eyes from the soo creamy and inviting pasta, delicious..Congrats on ur awards,wish u more in future..

  3. Now Serving says:

    Your pasta looks creamy and luscious and gobblable (if such a word exists) :)Thanks sweetheart for your wholesome compliment – I am only calling it as I see it 🙂 And you have some fabulous creations here! Keep rocking and congrats on your many awards, richly deserved! And delighted you want to share it with me – hugs, priya

  4. savitha ramesh says:

    Thank u for sharing ur award with me dear.Bit busy now,will post ur award soon.

  5. SouthIndianHome says:

    Thanks for the award. The combination looks so delicious South Indian Recipes

  6. spécialiste de l'éphémère says:

    I love that kind of dish! It's fabulous!

  7. aipi says:

    Isn't the first award so very special ..Congrats to you cheers to many more to come! Thanks a lot for the share, you are a total sweetheart 🙂 Lots of hugs 🙂US Masala

  8. SinFoodie says:

    🙂 Thank you for the award Sharada:)And out of the 7 things about you , 5 are ditto for me 😀 i was smiling at the similarity 😀

  9. Uma says:

    WoW! congrats on the set of awards..

  10. Anjali Bapna Shukla says:

    This is my favorite one….u r so sweet, dear!! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

  11. CinnamonNChillies says:

    Thank you my dear lovely friends!!!! We may be miles away yet so connected. Thank you all for the generous comments. Love you all 🙂

  12. Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) says:

    Hey dear first time here..u hv a bful blog with stunning pics..hope to hear a word from u too…Love pasta n this looks decadent..too too tempting ,feeling like grabbing all off ur srcreen..any leftovers pls.?..congrats on ur first award..way to go girl…Sanyuktahttp://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/

  13. Vardhini says:

    Pasta looks so yummy .. My kids love white sauce.VardhiniVardhinisKitchen

  14. Raji says:

    I absolutely love the paneer sauce..so innovative and definitely a healthier substitute to regular cheese..keep rocking..congrats for your awards and wishing you many more.

  15. Swathi says:

    Pasta looks creamy and rich. You have nice blog came looking for tindora rice.

  16. Aruna Manikandan says:

    My daughter loves pasta a lot…..will try this way :)looks rich and creamy dear….Congrats on ur awards and wishing u many more dear….Thx. a lot for sharing with me 🙂

  17. sangeeta says:

    Hi Sharada …thanks a lot for all these wonderful awards and congratulations for all the love you are getting from blogger friends …also for all the great recipes you are posting here.I loved this pasta sauce and loved the addition of walnuts. I like experimenting with flour free and butter free pasta sauces and have posted some on my healthfood blog. Loved you other recipes too .

  18. Prathima Rao says:

    The sauce is so delightful & goes to the top of my to-do list!!Prathima RaoPrats Corner

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