These are some of the pasta varieties i make frequently. Time taken for making pastas varies from 10 minutes to even an hour or so and it depends on the variety we make. Some varieties are really easy to make and one among them is my Veggies 'n elbows. Its a no bake pasta dish with lot of veggies and it goes into the lunch box in just 15 minutes.

One more variety here is the Stuffed shells. It takes more time for this process from boiling the shells to stuffing and then baking. At last.... when it comes to the table... Hot and yummy!... everything is gone!

Veggies 'n elbows


  • Elbows - 2 cups
  • Aspargus - 6 or 7 chopped
  • Broccoli crowns - 1 cup, cut into florets
  • Green peppers - 1 /2 cup chopped
  • Carrots - 1/2 cup chopped
  • Onion - 1 chopped
  • Garlic- 2 cloves, finely chopped
  • Dried basil - 1 tsp
  • Dried oregano - 1 tsp
  • Dried thyme - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli flakes - 1 tsp
  • Lemon zest - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as required
  • Parmesan cheese - 2 tbsp, shredded

How to make it:

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Rinse the cooked pasta in cold water. This keeps the pasta firm. Heat oil in a skillet, add the onions and garlic and fry until golden brown. Now add the veggies and cook covered for a while. Sprinkle some water if needed, to cook those veggies. Add the dried thyme, oregano, basil, red chilli flakes and salt and cook until vegetables are done. Drain water from the pasta completely, add it to the cooked vegetables. Add the lemon zest just before taking off the stove. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese over the pasta. Serve hot!

Stuffed shells


  • Medium shells - 2 cups
  • Spinach - 1 cup finely chopped
  • Mozzarella cheese - 3/4 cup shredded
  • Pasta sauce - 3/4 cup
  • Salt - as required

How to make it:

Cook the medium shells as per package instructions. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix the spinach and mozzarella cheese in a bowl. Stuff the prepared spinach-cheese mix into the shells. Spray a non-stick baking pan and place these stuffed shells. (Phew!.. its takes little long to stuff shells one by one!). Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until the cheese melts. Add the sauce over the pasta and bake for 5 more minutes. Serve hot!

Hema of Adlak's kitchen passed me "Best blogger friends" award. Thank you so much Hema. I feel honoured.

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14 Responses
  1. Priya Says:

    Lovely, delicious pasta kids's fav...

  2. The dishes looks very yummy, I love the varieties of veggies and colors of the recipes :)

  3. Laavanya Says:

    Pastas are always my go to dish when pressed for time.. i love your variations.

  4. DEESHA Says:

    Iam a pasta freak. looks delicious

  5. nice varieties..........lovely

  6. Malar Gandhi Says:

    Interesting ur picture, they are very colorful...

  7. colorful and nice recipe of pasta... thanks for posting my award dear....

  8. Jaishree Says:

    This dish looks yum N delicious ..Nice pic

  9. Nice entry Anu... Delicious Pastas...

  10. Usha Says:

    I love making pastas on busy weeknights for dinner, loved your variation of it :-)

  11. vidhas Says:

    Yummy yummy pasta. very nice presentation

  12. vidhas Says:

    Yummy yummy pasta. very nice presentation

  13. RAKS KITCHEN Says:

    Good recipes anu,I was wanting to make use of my sleeping pastas:)

  14. very good recipe, looks delicious.