December 02, 2007

Dinner and a Movie (Pasta and Lambrusco)

Around 6 o'clock last evening, just as the first snow storm of the season began sweeping across southeast Michigan, we were driving back from a matinee show of the Madhuri Dixit comeback, Aaja Nachle. We stopped at a Trader Joe's on the way and decided to make an evening of it - a nice bottle of Lambrusco, button mushrooms, red bell peppers, zucchini, tofu, a bottle of sphagetti sauce, and organic sprouted wheat pasta (pappardelle). And we picked up some dark chocolate as well!

The whole meal takes no more than 30-40 minutes.

1 packet pappardelle
1 zucchini - chopped
10-12 button mushrooms - chopped
1 red bell pepper - chopped
1/3 block tofu - chopped
1/4 cup vegetable sphagetti sauce
1/4 tspoon rosemary, sage and thyme (I used dried)
1 tbspoon olive oil

In one vessel, boil the pasta. And as that is getting done, chop up the vegetables and tofu. Saute the tofu for 8-10 minutes (both sides) and set it aside.

Add rosemary, sage, and thyme to olive oil. To this, add the zucchini and red bell pepper and let them cook for about 5 minutes. Then add the mushrooms and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Now add spaghetti sauce and let the whole mixture cook for 6-8 minutes.

Make sure it isn't too soft (al dente, as they say).

Drain the pasta and spoon the sauce onto the pasta.

And don't forget the dark chocolate!


  1. Lambrusco! My (current) favourite wine.
    Paired with pasta and d.chocolate. Perfect perfect

  2. Yummy that is what i call a meal with a nice glass of red :-)

  3. Hey Archana Luks great! hows d movie?

  4. Pasta looks heavenly. I don't drink wine but my hubby would certainly enjoy this combo. Nice meal.

  5. Perfect combo !! I liked the pairing, Red, pasta n chocs...yummy !

  6. Nice pasta:-)
    How was the movie? I don't think MD should have made a comeback.

  7. How was Aaja Nachle? I wanted to see Madhuri desparately, but 'S' didn't show any interest due to its bad reviews..:(

    Ur pasta looks so colorful!

    ~ Siri

  8. Good wine suggestion. How was Aaja nachle.
    Seems like you guys had a good time in the snow :)

  9. what a yummy looking pasta deleciouss

  10. what an ensemble..dinner, wine and movie!how is the movie?no wine for me but i will take the dark chocolate.

  11. Love these delicious and simple winter warmers! How was Aaja Nachley?

  12. what a superb meal and ha so romantic! :)

  13. What a great idea!

  14. You two sure make a great team in the kitchen! I love to add tofu to spaghetti sauce -- yours was dressed up wonderfully with all the fresh veggies, wine and chocolate to boot. Nice! :)

  15. Thank you all for the comments! And yes, the movie was great fun - as a lifelong fan, I'll watch any film with madhuri in it :)


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