Today Kevin is sharing with us a one pot meal where pasta and sauce cook together in one
pan, resulting in luscious spaghetti doused in a silky curry gravy. This is a dish that you can make in just about
30 minutes including prepping time. At this time of the year, courgettes or zucchini
are in season and tomatoes are at their peak bursting with flavours. This season’s bounty fresh and inexpensive
vegetables make this pasta dish an ultimate end-of-summer meal. For this dish, Kevin is cutting the carrots
into julienne, as we think they will work well with the spaghetti. If you are using other types of pasta, you
may want to cut the carrot into other shapes, like half-moons or diced. Using a vegetable peeler, slice the courgette
or zucchini into ribbons. These will weave beautifully into the spaghetti
but ribbons also create an interesting texture in the overall dish. Kevin’s adding in a few white mushrooms
but you can use any other types of mushrooms. In fact, this dish is very versatile and you
can substitute the other vegetables too with seasonal ones
or with what is available to you. We want the tomatoes to melt into the sauce,
so dice them rather small. Slice about ¼ of a large yellow
onion. You can add more or less to your taste. Finely chop 2 cloves of garlic.
Or you can omit the garlic if you don’t like it. We are going to sauté the vegetables first.
You can sauté them either with some water or one tablespoon of coconut, olive or vegetable
oil. With the heat on medium, add in the tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes or until they
have softened and started to break down. We like to use a wide base frying pan or wok
with a lid. We are going to use the same pan to cook the pasta. A large pan allows for
quick evaporation and less risk of the pasta becoming over-cooked.
Next add in the carrots and cook covered for about 7 – 10 minutes or until they are almost
cooked. Sautéing the vegetables first allow for a
little more control on how much time the vegetables and pasta are cooking for.
The vegetables are then mixed back into the pasta at the end when it is almost done.
Check on the carrots and add a little salt, then add in the mushrooms and cook for 2 more
minutes. If you like the courgettes to be well cooked, you can stir them in at this
stage. But we are leaving them for the end as we like them a bit crunchy.
We find that the acidity in the tomatoes tend to slow down the cooking process of the pasta
as it interferes with the starch. At least, that is the case with the corn pasta that
we are using. So, we will keep the vegetables aside for now.
In the same pan, with the heat on medium, add one tablespoon of coconut or other oil.
Add in the minced ginger and garlic. We usually keep pre-minced ginger on hand. And we have another
video where we’ve demonstrated how to we this.
You can check the description for the link. Add in the curry leaves, curry powder and turmeric. Roast for about 30 seconds then
add about 4 cups of water and salt to taste or ¾ teaspoon. Once the sauce comes to a boil, add in the spaghetti (break them in half if they don’t
quite fit into the pan). We are using gluten-free corn spaghetti but any type of pasta will
do. Stir the spaghetti into the sauce, and then add 3 more cups of hot water or as needed
to cover the pasta. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Once the pasta
has softened lightly, stir and continue to cook uncovered until the end. Stir occasionally
so that the pasta doesn’t stick, especially if you are using gluten-free pasta.
As the water evaporates, check the pasta for doneness. The key here is to use enough liquid
but not too much to start with. Add more water as required to cook the pasta further or to
add more sauce to your liking. When the pasta is cooked up to 75%, add in
the onions. Stir and cook for about 1 minute then add in the pre-cooked vegetables as well
as the courgette ribbons (if you did not add them in beforehand).
Stir and turn off the heat. The noodles will soak up the juices from the
tomatoes and the vegetables, resulting into a tangy sweet spicy exquisite dish
with complex flavours. Adjust salt to taste if needed. Optionally,
you can sprinkle on some sweet paprika and black pepper.
Stir and keep covered for one more minute before serving. Garnish with some chopped
coriander leaves and serve warm. Surprisingly enough curry marries really well
with pasta. It may sound like pure comfort food but the tomato-based sauce keeps it light. This one-pot meal does require that you stand
there with it and stir occasionally. But 20 minutes, or even less, is all that it’s
going to take to be ready. This one-pot magic is one to make for an easy weeknight dinner with leftovers that reheat
well for next day’s packed lunch. Give this video a thumbs up if you’ve enjoyed the
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