Bow-tie pasta in herbed red sauce

Well, I am a year older now.  27, to be precise. I had a good day with family , friends, good food and wine. And yes, a marathon run of  The Game of Thrones.

Strictly speaking, it was a great day. Did exactly what I felt like doing. But the problem is I didn’t feel like doing too much. It felt like this one was a birthday-in-limbo , in a transitional phase of life. I don’t know what it is leading up to. But you know there are certain times when you think something is changing, deep inside you? It was that kind of day.Well, only time will tell whats in store! 🙂

Never-mind, there was still a midnight cake by friends, an awesome gift by my husband and a delicious sweet made by my mom. A poppy-seed (khas-khas) delicacy. Till date, she has without fail made it on ALL my birthdays. The making is a long 4 hour process. Tedious, but its all worth it. I soon plan to learn how to make it and will put it up here.

For dinner we had made bow-tie pasta in an indulgent red wine sauce. Paired with some baked nachos with a mushroom-onion gravy and of course a few drinks.

Bow tie pasta

The red sauce simmers for 30 minutes after adding wine, and by the time it is done, the alcohol cooks off and you are left with a robust sauce.

You will need :

  • 4 cups uncooked bow-tie pasta
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp dried basil, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup red wine

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