Easy: Vegetables in Penne Pasta

Sometimes you wish for something and you get something else in return totally unexpected. That is how unpredictable life is. I believe food and life are very similar to each other. You can make anything out of it. Be it a complete mess or something nice and beautiful! Something worth tasting. 🙂 Usually, you need a particular sauce to go with your plain boiled pasta. But, what if you don’t want to make any? No worries, this pasta I’ve made here doesn’t  require you to make any kind of sauce and is quick and easy to prepare. Oh! And of course, delicious too. No compromising on taste. Feel free to use your own choice of vegetables.


Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

Penne Pasta

250 ml milk

1 medium-sized onion (julienne)

3-4 cloves of finely chopped garlic

2 cubes processed cheese

¼ chopped capsicum

½ carrot cut in small cubes

1 bowl of Button Mushrooms

½ cup of cottage cheese cut in cubes

1 finely chopped green chilli

2 tbsp Olive Oil

Salt to taste

Freshly ground Black pepper



  • Add pasta to a pot of boiling water. Add salt and a tsp of Olive oil. Let it cook al dente.


  • Heat Olive oil in a seperate pan. Add garlic and green chilies. Saute for a minute or two on a high flame.
  • Add onions and a pinch of salt
  • Next, add cottage cheese, carrots, mushrooms and any other veggies of your choice except capsicum. Let them cook on a medium flame. Add cheese cubes cut in small pieces (so that they melt easily).
  • Add milk and bring it to a boil.

Penne Pasta

  • Add pasta and capsicum.  Mix well. Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper and hog onto it with buttered garlic bread! Slurp :p


Happy cooking! 🙂


Homemade Cream Cheese

It has been quite a while since I’ve been looking for a way to make easy cream cheese. Fortunately, I did come across good articles on the internet which led me to create a nice cream cheese recipe for myself.

This is what you will need.

Ingredients (It makes about roughly 2 1/2 cups )

2 litres milk

2-3 tsp lemon juice/ a quarter cup curd (whichever is available)

1 tbsp hung curd


  • Bring the milk to a boil.
  • Add lemon juice or curd to curdle the milk (you can even use whey if you like). Stir for a while.
  • Pass it through a strainer and keep aside to cool. (Don’t throw the whey. You can use it in your gravies and curries. It just enhances the flavor of your dishes. You can also knead your dough with it).
  • Put the cottage cheese in a mixer grinder along with hung curd and give it a mix. Add a little whey if your cottage cheese gets too tight. You can also pass it through a sieve if you are looking for a smoother texture.


Now, after this step you can add sugar and a flavor of your choice in case you are making a cheese cake, mousse or any other dessert.

You can also add salt and pepper to it and use it as a sandwich spread or in your salad as a dressing.

Your options are unlimited. Follow your taste buds and use this wonderful ingredient to create a tasty food item that makes you feel proud! 🙂