Friday, October 8, 2010

Capellini in Tomato Basil Sauce

We finally went out and had a woodsy- fix yesterday. I have been missing the hills and valleys in Tennessee, especially the lush green grass. The woods have this gentle clicking sound from tree trunks, and some times it can be absolutely boisterous. The rustling leaves are very therapeutic for me as is water flowing through a stream. Having had a rainy spell for most of this week the metro park in Cleveland was perfect yesterday. Green, green leaves and such a blue sky! OMG! It was to die for!. The path was soft and slushy from the recent rains, but it hardly bothered me because it was a tiny price to pay to enjoy freshly washed leaves glittering in the sunlight. I know I am rambling, but I had a great evening and wanted to share this with you. Don’t forget to get out and enjoy yourselves today. It can be great for your soul. The reason why we are all here today is though is Capellini.

Capellini is my favorite pasta. It's like vermicelli and sometimes called Angel hair pasta. A thinner version of spaghetti, I prefer Capellini over most other pastas. I have used the brand Delallo, and the recipe that follows is the simplest with minimal ingredients. Without a lot of work you can still have the satisfaction of having cooked something from scratch. If that matters to you, rest assured this recipe does just that!



Capellini - 150 gms, 4-5 Oz
Onions - 1 medium
Garlic - about 5 cloves (2 Tbspn)
Tomato on vine - 3 large
Sweet Basil dry - 1 tspn
Mushrooms - 10 nos
Paparika - 1 tspn
Black Pepper - to taste
Sugar - 1 tspn
Salt - to taste
Olive Oil - 2 1/2 Tbspn
Cheese - Parmesan or Romano (I used a combination of these two with Asiago)

Capellini in Tomato Basil sauce


1. Cook capellini al dente
2. Blanch tomato (I boiled tomato immersed in water, once the skin started tearing away I switched off the flame, let it cool, peeled and diced the tomato)
3. Heat 2 Tbspn oil in a pan and add chopped onions and saute, when translucent add garlic and saute till you get the aroma of garlic cooking
4. Add paparika and basil closely followed, so as to avoid burning, with tomato
5. Check taste and add the sugar if its too acidic and salt to balance the flavors. The measurement given for sugar maybe reduced or added on as per taste
6. Saute mushrooms in half tablespoon oil, salt and pepper as you like and drop this into the sauce
7. Add the Capellini into the sauce, mix and serve hot.
8. Top with cheese and enjoy

1. You may dress up the pasta with olives or other vegetables you like. I some times also add cooked sausage which changes the dimensions completely and being a meat love enjoy it very much.

2. Without the cheese I cannot say too much about this sauce. But even a sprinkle of cheese adds to the flavor. If you only have Parmesan handy that will work well.

Contributor: Sunitha


  1. pasta looks super delicious ...specially love the sauce ..yummy


  2. that looks perfectly cooked..esp the mushrooms

  3. Never tasted this before..It looks absolutely tempting!!

  4. looks amazing....i want to taste this dish...:)

  5. Love all the flavors that comes with the capellini...yum

    Pushpa @

  6. That looks absolutely delicious and it.

  7. looks like a perfect supper.Loved the clicks!

  8. Hmm A great treat for pasta lovers...

  9. Amazing snaps...just I have to tell about the dish?? usual that's awesome too....

  10. Absolutely lip smacking, yummyyy pasta!!!

  11. Lovely pics.. they are really tempting..

  12. Yum! This looks and sounds really delicious. Capellini is my favorite too, and I love quick and tasty meals like this. Thanks for sharing it:)

    I love being outdoors too. Lately, the weather here has been cold and rainy. I am looking forward to some nicer days this weekend.

  13. Beautiful pasta little one will gobble that all up :)

    US Masala

  14. Capelini looks delicious.Wonderfully made.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  15. Hi,

    The paste with mushrrom really yummy...nice clicks too..


  16. the pasta looks simple and delicious..nice pics

  17. Superb Clicks.Looks perfect & delicious.

  18. Pasta looks delicious and nice clicks.

  19. a couple of months back I saw capellini in the supermarket. this recipe is so quick yet promising think need to go again to buy this particular pasta. very easy and inviting dish.

  20. This looks great and inviting... quick and easy one to cook and yummy too.

  21. This sounds and looks great! Especially because at the moment I am also in the mood for pasta again, thanks for sharing the recipe :)!

  22. Capellini is my fav too, just becoz it easy too cook and feels lights for some reason, i was freeze few boxes of sauce and leave it for the long working week days... loving ur sauce shall try it soonish, gorgeous pic as always:)

  23. This looks gorgeous. Pasta - my absolute favourite. The sauce sounds good. Will try soon....

  24. Drool..drool..looks so perfect and yummy!!

  25. Nice dish..looks amazingly delicious! The recipe also sounds simple.

  26. Simply drooling drooling at ur click my dear...

  27. Wow love this quick and easy recipe. Tempting clicks..I'm sure my kids would love this.


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