My Pasta & Del Monte Experience!!

My love for Indian and Italian cuisine is a never-ending quest. Besides hunting for new dishes I love to experiment with food. It might not end-up tasty every while but most of the times it does. Whatsoever the result maybe I never stop the experimentation at my kitchen. It’s not just me but my husband who acts as a guinea for most of my kitchen experiments. 

Like any other man, the best way to reach his heart would be via his stomach and I am an expert when it comes to reaching hearts. But he hates anything that says Cheese and Italian. And I have been in a mission to make him eat things that he hates the most. I am meaning to sound adamant here but most of the foods that he hates are delicious ones if prepared and presented well. I didn’t want him to miss the experience of eating delicious foods. 

There have been two inspirations that made me cook up this dish. (1) My husband - the urge to make him eat Italian food and aubergine and (2) The blogging contest by DelMonte
Coming to the preparation experience of my Italian dish with some Indian touches.

What name shall I keep for the dish?
Pane Melanzana Pasta in Paneer Sauce - Toasted garlic bread, grilled cheese aubergine topped with Pasta in Paneer butter masala sauce.

How much time does the preparation and cooking take?
Preparation Time - 20 mins
Cooking Time - 45-50 mins
Portion Size - For 2 People

A three yummy dishes leads to the fusion of my gigantic delicious Italian dish. The garlic bread, grilled aubergine and saucy pasta.

What do you need to prepare ‘The Crispy Garlicy Bread’?

Sandwich Bread - 2 Slices
Garlic Paste - 1 Tsp

Here’s how I did the garlicy bread:
1.     Cut the edges around the bread slices
2.     Apply butter to both the sides of the bread
3.     Apply garlic paste to one side of the bread
4.     Toast the bread in a toaster / tawa

Garlic Bread
The Garlic Bread toast is READY to be plated!

What all you need to prepare ‘Grilled Aubergine’?
Aubergine - 2 Thin slices
Cheese - Mix of Cheddar and Parmesan (It is completely your choice when it comes to cheese)
Olive Oil
Pepper Powder - ½ Tsp
Chilli Flakes - 1 Tsp
Mixed Herb - ½ Tsp
Garlic Paste - 1 Tsp
Salt - To Taste

How to make the grilled aubergine?
1.     Aubergine Marination: Add Olive oil, Pepper powder, Chilli Flakes, Mixed Herb, Garlic Paste and Salt to the Aubergine. Make sure the mix is applied evenly throughout the aubergine. Let the aubergine marinate for 20-30 mins.
2.     On a tawa, add some olive oil. Grill the marinated aubergine on the tawa, both the sides (2 mins each)
3.     Add cheese on one side of aubergine, cover the aubergine using a lid. Cook them for another 1-2 mins until the cheese gets melted.
Grilled Aubergine
The Grilled Aubergines are READY to be plated!

Here’s my twist to Pasta Arrabiata with Paneer Butter Masala. What ingredients do you need to make ‘Pasta Butter Masala’?

Step 1 - First let’s boil the Pasta
Ingredients: Del Monte Paste - 50-60 grams (Any type can be used), Olive Oil, Salt - To Taste

Many would indeed know how to boil the paste but still.
Boil water, add salt and olive oil in the water. Add the pasta once the water boils. Follow the instructions behind the Del Monte pasta packet


Step 2 - Secondly it’s the crispy Paneer
Oil (refined oil)
Paneer - 10-20 grams
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 Tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 Tsp
Ginger Paste - 1/2 Tsp
Garlic Paste - 1/2 Tsp
Rice Flour - 2 Tsp
Besan Flour - 2 Tsp
Salt - To Taste
Lemon Juice - Half

1.     Paneer Marination - Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, ginger paste, garlic paste, rice flour, besan flour, salt, lemon juice to the paneer. Make sure the paneer is coated evenly with the marination. Let it rest for 15 mins.
2.     Heat the oil for deep fry, add the marinated paneer. Do not overcook the paneer as they may become rubbery. It takes 3-5 mins in a medium-low flame.

Paneer Fry
Yum, paneer fry is ready.

Step 3 - Finally, the Paneer Butter Masala
Butter - 3 cubes (2 Tbsp)
Cumin Seeds - ¼ Tsp
Ginger Paste - 1 Tsp
Garlic Paste - 1 Tsp
Green Chillies - 2 (slit)
Onion - 1 (sliced)
Tomato Puree - using 3
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 Tsp
Chilli Powder - 2-3 Tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 Tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 Tsp
Milk or Cream - Optional
Fried Paneer
Boiled Pasta
Cheese - Mix of Cheddar and Parmesan

·     In the pan, add butter. Once the butter melts, add cumin seeds and let it crack.
·     Add garlic paste, ginger paste, green chillies. Saute them. Add the sliced onions, wait until the onions turn light brown and then add the tomato puree.
·    It’s masala time now! Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder. Let the mix cook for sometime until the raw smell goes off and oil starts oozing out on the sides in the vessel.

Saute the Ingredients

·      This is completely optional, I added 3 Tsp of milk. (It gives the richness and flavor but you might avoid as the dish is already filled with richness else add Cream)
·      Add the fried paneer and boiled pasta. Mix them well into the butter masala sauce. Add some water if you want them to be more saucier.

Add Paneer & Pasta

·        And finally, the king - cheese. Add the cheese as per your taste.

It's Cheese Time

Mouth-watering Pasta Butter Masala is ready.

And let me plate all the different dishes together. Here’s how I served them,
1.     Drizzle some olive oil over the plate. Add a sprinkle of chilli flakes and mixed herb on the oil
2.     Place garlic bread slices. Keep the grilled aubergine on top of the bread. Now keep the pasta on the top.
3.     Finally, sprinkle cheese and coriander leaves.

It's Time to Make it Look Attractive!

And here’s deliciousness on a plate. And this is indeed how I served the dish to my husband. Everything he hated was on a plate, yet he loved it. 

Do try out and share your comments.

Pane Melanzana Pasta in Paneer Sauce

p.s. this is an official entry to Del Monte Italian food contest. Check out their yummy dishes at and

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  1. What great dishes, really looks nice. Greetings!

    1. Thanks for your comment! Indeed dish ended up tasting good too..
      Happy Blogging.!

  2. Looks like someone is turning to be a Chef... Great recipe.. Looks yummy..

    1. Hahah!! Blossoming chef! Thanks for the comment dear.. Keep visiting.! :-)

  3. Great efforts Divya.. Keep rocking

  4. Thanks Mano! Keep blogging & keep visiting mine too :-P

  5. My mouth is watering! Way to go, Divya! :)

    Best of Luck for the contest! :)

    1. Thanks Radhika! Yep, way more to go. Appreciate you spending time with my receipe :-) Keep visiting..!

  6. Hi Divya ma'am,

    I cannot resist sharing your recipe with my mom. I already sent her the URL.

    It scared me when I read Gowthama acts as your guinea and you play the role of the food scientist. But seeing the pictures you've shared, it seems he must be loving your experiments.

    Wishing you all the best for the contest. :)


    1. Thanks Rohan for sharing with your mom, your comment could be the best compliment I received! Yeah, he as no choice other than loving my food.. But I do cook good.

      Ma'am makes me feel older, just call me Divya ;-) Keep Visiting ..

  7. Wonderful and so creative...will try the recipe..looks sooo yummy... :-)

    Best of luck, dear, for the contest... :-)

  8. Thanks Maniparna! It takes time to cook but the taste is yum.. :-D
    Best of luck for you too..

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