Veggie Penne with Channa Masala

imageImagine a fusion of Italian and Asian Indian, as in pasta and masala — vegetarian, and ready in just a few minutes! We’ve all seen wonders coming out of  microwavable food pouches and boxes, but sometimes, there’s greater magic in combining two seemingly incompatible items.

I came across products under the Tasty Bite brand, mostly vegetarian and all-natural microwavable pouches ranging from rice to noodles to stews. And Channa Masala, a popular Indian recipe of chickpeas slowly simmered with onions, tomatoes and wonderful spices. I’ve had masala before and I always partnered it with rice or naan.  But then I thought, what if I used the masala as sauce for my pasta?  And in keeping with the vegetarian theme, I even used veggie penne.  The entire process took only about ten minutes, mostly cooking the pasta, then heating the Channa Masala pouch in the microwave for one minute!

Here’s the recipe: image

INGREDIENTS

Half a box of veggie penne (about 6 oz)

One pouch of Tasty Bite Channa Masala

1/2 cup cooked green peas

1/4 cup grated cheese

DIRECTIONS

Cook the penne according to package directions, 8-9 minutes.  Heat the pouch of Channa Masala in the microwave, 1 minute.  On a serving plate, spread the cooked penne and pour over the Channa Masala.  Top with green peas. Sprinkle grated cheese over the pasta.  Serve warm.

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