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.

Ingredients:
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

Method:
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!

16 comments:

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

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

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  3. Hey Archana Luks great! hows d movie?

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

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

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

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  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

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

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  9. what a yummy looking pasta deleciouss

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

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

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

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  13. What a great idea!

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  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! :)

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  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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