If you love fusion recipes, here’s an Italian dish for you with a delightful Indian twist! It’s a mix of Indian Italian flavors smartly blended into one delectable dish- Veg Masala Macaroni! It is flavor-packed, nutrition-packed, and of course, fun-packed too.
This Indo-Italian dish is a perfect family favorite and finds its way to a breakfast, lunch, or dinner menu.
If you have kids at home, this Indian Veg Masala Macaroni is a great way to sneak the nutritious veggies into your kid’s diet, and I bet you they will love every morsel of this dish.
This Italian delight is not high on spiciness but is undoubtedly packed with flavors and nutrients from sauces and veggies.
It is indeed a comfort food for those hectic days when you look out for something really quick, easy, and super tasty.
What is Veg Masala Macaroni
Veg Masala Macaroni is the fusion recipe of Italian and Indian flavors assembled in a platter.
This gorgeously delicious Masala Macaroni is a super easy recipe that contains the scrumptiousness of onions, bell peppers, and carrots, and the exquisite flavors from Marinara sauce and the Italian seasonings!
Loaded with fun and flavors, this Indo-Italian savory is undeniably every family’s first choice.
Reasons You’ll ♡ Veg Masala Macaroni
Veg Masala Macaroni is a flavorful dish that makes for an absolute family favorite. Some other reasons why you will fall in love with this dish are —
- Packed with the goodness of veggies.
- A yummy alternative to regular macaroni.
- Wholesome and filling.
The best part is, Veg masala pasta is kid-friendly and can also be relished as a snack or even packed in a lunch box to be enjoyed later with friends during the lunch break.
Ingredient list for Veg Masala Macaroni
The ingredients to make vegetable pasta is probably sitting in your pantry. This part explains the role of each element in this recipe.
Carrots — Add a crunch and more nutrition to the macaroni.
Bell peppers — Red and green bell peppers lend nutrition, crunch, and contrasting colors that can entice any eye.
Onions — Diced onions add a crunch and earthy flavor to the dish.
Macaroni — This is the star ingredient of our scrumptious veg masala macaroni recipe.
Red chili flakes — Bring hotness and an appealing red gleam to the recipe.
Italian seasoning — Can we miss this out from an Italian dish? Well, this is one of the essential flavorings to our recipe.
Cumin powder — Adds a warm and subtle flavor.
Chilli sauce — Added after cooking the macaroni to render the dish its deserved hotness.
Marinara sauce — An awesome Italian pasta sauce, Marinara sauce is a must in this recipe as it adds the Italian pasta vibes with its authentic Italian flavors and hue!
Cilantro — Adds charm to the dish when served.
How to make Veg Masala Macaroni
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Cook the Pasta — Use the guidelines on the box and cook macaroni according to package instructions. Rinse well with cold water after straining.
Protip — Do not overcook the pasta — Cooking pasta until al dente is the key to a perfectly prepared dish. Al dente macaroni holds its shape better during sautéing and finishes up perfectly to an appealing dish. An overcooked and squishy macaroni makes the dish look unappetizing.
Sauté Vegetables — Add oil to a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Stir in carrots and cook until the carrots are soft and tender.
Stir in red bell peppers and sauté for a minute. Stir in Italian seasoning, chili flakes, and salt.
Assemble Macaroni — Stir in marinara sauce, chili sauce, and macaroni. Reduce the heat and mix until macaroni is evenly coated in the sauce.
Garnish with chopped scallions, cilantro leaves, and serve the delicious veg masala macaroni.
Expert Tips & Variations
For even cooking — Always add pasta to the boiling salted water and stir it well. This ensures even cooking of the pasta.
Tip for a non-sticky macaroni — Boiled macaroni tends to get sticky once drained. Adding oil will prevent it from sticking and also render a nice glaze to it.
Pasta Options — Confused between kinds of pasta? You can use Penne Pasta or any pasta of your liking. After Macaroni, Penne or Farfalle are my preferences as their ridges hold the sauces better, making it more flavorsome. You can also opt for Cavatappi or Fusilli or even Rotini pasta.
Add health and nutrition to the max — This veg masala macaroni is a very versatile recipe, and you can easily add any veggies of your choice to pack it with maximum health and nutrition. I have added carrots and bells peppers to this recipe, but you can feel free to add —
- Sweet corn,
- Fresh spinach leaves,
- Broccoli and other veggies of your choice.
However, ensure to sauté them well before adding them to the sauce.
Use sauces of your choice — I have used the Marinara sauce for the base to render an authentic Italian flavor to the recipe. However, you can use pizza sauce or Arrabbiata sauce, and the recipe will taste equally divine!
Prepare your sauce — You may prefer to prepare the sauce with crushed tomatoes for your Masala Pasta recipe. Make sure to season the tomatoes well and cook the sauce enough to let the raw taste go away.
For an Indian twist — To entice the Indian taste buds, you may give this recipe a more Indian flavor by adding Maggie masala magic instead of the Italian seasonings.
Experimenting with flavors — Though Pasta is an Italian dish, you may customize it and introduce an Indo-Chinese flavor by replacing the Italian seasonings with soy sauce and tomato ketchup.
For the gluten-free pasta — Your regular pasta can be easily substituted with gluten-free pasta if you enjoy a gluten-free variant.
Make it veg or non-veg — This veg masala macaroni is a purely veg recipe. However, you can add grilled chicken pieces for a non-veg variant. You can also add sautéed tofu for an extra punch of protein.
For creamier pasta — For those who love to relish luscious dishes, you may add fresh cream or cashew cream to the macaroni for an enhanced creaminess.
Increase the spice level — You can easily increase the spiciness of your macaroni dish by adding cayenne pepper, green chilies, or sriracha sauce. Likewise, you can skip adding any of these for a more child-friendly and less spicy Masala Macaroni.
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Veg Macaroni Masala
- 2 cups Macaroni Pasta
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- – – Chopped scallions
- – – Chopped cilantro leaves
- Boil water + oil + salt in a heavy-bottomed pan. When the water comes to a boil, stir in macaroni.
- Use the guidelines on the box and cook macaroni according to package instructions. PROTIP – Do not overcook the pasta — Cooking pasta until al dente is the key to a perfectly prepared dish. Al dente macaroni holds its shape better during sautéing and finishes up perfectly to an appealing dish. An overcooked and squishy macaroni makes the dish look unappetizing.
- Rinse well with cold water after straining.
COOK MASALA MACARONI
- Add oil to a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onions.
- Sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion softens and becomes translucent.
- Stir in carrots and cook for 3-4 minutes until the carrots are soft and tender.
- Stir in bell peppers and sauté for a few minutes.
- Stir in Italian seasoning, chili flakes, cumin powder, and salt.
- Stir in marinara sauce and chili sauce.
- Mix until all the ingredients are well blended.
- Add boiled macaroni.
- Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and mix until macaroni is evenly coated in the sauce.
- Garnish with chopped scallions, cilantro leaves, and serve.
Frequently Asked questionsHow can I store this Macaroni dish? As fresh veggies are added to the Macaroni, I would not recommend you store it for too long. This will make the veggies lose their nutritional value and also their texture. However, leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and placed in the fridge for not more than 2 days. Can I reheat the Macaroni? Yes. Transfer the Macaroni to a saucepan and set the flame to low-medium. If the macaroni feels dry, add 1/8 cup of hot water and gently give a toss before reheating. How do I serve Macaroni? This Macaroni tastes just great on its own. However, you can pair it with
- Garlic knots
- Focaccia bread
- Or a bowl of hot soup.
- You can stuff the leftover macaroni in puff pastry and make macaroni puffs. Bake in the oven at 400° F until golden, and there you are with the delicious Masala Macaroni Veg Puffs!
- You can make a Panini sandwich with the leftover macaroni masala. Just layer a sandwich with macaroni masala, and your Panini sandwiches are ready to devour!