Pasta Dish - Risotto Style Recipe

Pasta Dish - Risotto Style


  • Dry pasta

  • Vegetable stock / hot

  • Lump of butter

  • Onion / finely chopped

  • Garlic / finely chopped

  • Aubergine / chopped

  • Red pepper / chopped

  • Cherry tomato / Sliced

  • Sun-dried tomato pesto

  • Basil

  • Parmesan cheese / grated

  • Salt n' Pepper

How to make Pasta Dish - Risotto Style

What I really want to share here, is this 'new' method of cooking pasta. Recently while browsing through my usual design magazines, I came across this sexy new Pasta Pan for Alessi. The design of the pasta pan came from this traditional(?!) Italian method of cooking pasta, which is to cook it the same way as you would cook risotto. Seems so simple and logical that I just had to try it that night, to see what it tasted like compare to the usual method of preparing pasta. So here is how I did it, with ingredients I had in my cupboard.

  1. Melt the butter in a sexy looking saucepan and soften the onion and garlic on low heat.

  2. Add dry pasta and stir through, so the pasta is coated in the butter.

  3. Add some of the boiling vegetable stock and stir through. Add the stock little bit at a time and stir the pasta till its par cooked.

  4. Add the red peppers, aubergine and little bit more stock. Continue cooking and stirring and add little stock at a time.

  5. Just before the pasta is cooked to your preferred texture, add the tomato, pesto and torn basil leaves, stir through, season to taste and cover for a minute.

  6. Serve with few small basil leaves sprinkled on top and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Optional extras

The possibilities are endless. Pull out all your risotto recipes and try them with some pasta instead!

In conclusion, I find the pasta to be more flavourful and the whole dish blends nicely into one just like a risotto dish. I am not a fan of creamy white pasta sauce, so with this method you get the creamy texture but with a tomato base. I also like the way you can really control the texture of the pasta. It is, however, more of a 'winter' dish. TRY IT TODAY!

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    I'm going to try cooking pasta this way at the weekend.

  • tommy
    tommy says

    I'm going to grill my Italian friends about this method. Sounds intrigiung, never heard of it!

  • dubow
    dubow says

    Maybe just a gimmck to sell the pans. But the pasta sure tastes good and the pan is sexy sexy.

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    this sounds interesting! a must try

  • JaiLovesCake
    JaiLovesCake says

    dubow we should live together. think of the eats...... cheesy pastas and sugary desserts.........EVERYDAY, oh and we invite tellie for some tasty ole deep fried recipes lol.future's looking fat and sexy baby! haha gorgeous

  • dubow
    dubow says

    you are on Jai. I like the way you think!!We can also invite Rachel for some awsome party treats! Wow... we are going to have the best chubby life EVA!

  • rachel
    rachel says

    haha i see i've been included. this does look great though, but have never heard of cooking pasta this way before. shall give it a shot. :)

  • chimp
    chimp says

    made this last night, but with slight variations here and there e.g. courgettes in place of aubergines, and cooked the tomatoes for a bit longer - very flavorsome indeed. definitely 3 stars.

  • Danika
    Danika says

    I think I know what I'm having for dinner tonight!!!

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