Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Curried Sesame Veggies & Pasta

Often I throw together quick, seemingly simple dinners with whatever vegetables, pasta and spices that I can lay my eyes on.  I usually don’t plan to share these meals but sometimes they are too good not to share.

So I pull out my camera, snap a few shots, eat the meal, and then hope that you guys like it as much as I do.

Such a thing happened when I made this Greek Balsamic Veggie Bowl.  I was almost hesitant to even post it but at the last minute, I did because I really had loved it.  And evidently, so did you.

So last week I was cooking for myself, as I do when Paul works late, and had tons of veggies.  I grabbed for some curry powder and sesame and fell in love with this flavor combination.  I adore sesame anyway, and when matched with the curry, it created a perfect spicy and deep flavor marriage.

This curried sesame veggie pasta bowl is quick, healthy and is oh-so versatile!  My kind of weeknight meal!

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Curried Sesame Veggies & Pasta Recipe

Yield: 2 servings as a main dish

Total Time: 20 minutes


6 ounces pasta of your choice
1 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup red onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup zucchini cut into half-moons
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tomato, diced
1/4 cup peanuts
1 tsp. sesame seeds


Cook pasta according to package directions.

Mix the curry powder, paprika, turmeric, ground ginger and cinnamon together until blended. Set aside.

While the pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until they begin to soften. Add the zucchini and peppers, along with the sesame oil, and curry powder mix. Stir well. Cook over medium heat until the vegetables are tender. Add the tomato, peanuts and sesame seeds.

Serve the vegetable mixture over the pasta and garnish with additional peanuts if desired.

Cassie's Notes:
You can use any mix of veggies that you would like with this dish.

It can also be served as a side dish, just leave out the pasta.


31 Responses to “Curried Sesame Veggies & Pasta”

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    Ashley - baker by nature — June 20, 2012 @ 6:52 am

    I love meals like this! Veggie-d up pasta dinner is the way to go 🙂 looks amazing, Cassie!

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    JulieD — June 20, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    Ooh looks so good, comforting & healthy!

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    Joanne — June 20, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    It always amazes me how the most impromptu recipes can be the most delicious! That curry sesame combo does sound pretty rockstar.

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    Kim | At Home WIth Kim — June 20, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    These are my favorite kind of posts…. LOVE to see what others are eating around their dinner tables. And it gives GREAT ideas. My husband loves curry, so this would be a great way to get in veggies in a flavor he would love.

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — June 20, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    This is my kind of weeknight meal too! Looks amazing!

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    Living The Sweet Life — June 20, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    ooohhh looks so good!! I love the zing of curry when added to tender vegetables. This is a great meal 😀

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    Suzi — June 20, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    Looks scrumptious Cassie. I love throwing veggies together with some pasta and the curry and sesame sound like a hit. I really like the flavor that the sesame oil adds too.

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    amanda @ fake ginger — June 20, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    I love anything that has “sesame” in the title! This look so perfect!

  9. #
    Bev Weidner — June 20, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    AMEN. This is totes awesome.

  10. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 20, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    I love simple dishes, the more the better! 🙂

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    Dee at Deelicious Sweets — June 20, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    This is fabulous! I love anything curry and this is a great way to use up all of those veggies from the farmers market. Thanks for sharing this delightful meal. I can’t wait to try it!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — June 20, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    Love the flavors! The fact that it’s easy and healthy doesn’t hurt either! 🙂

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 20, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Love all those spices with the veggies! Perfect summer dinner.

  14. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 20, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    I love those big chunky peanuts you garnished it with!

  15. #
    Tracey — June 20, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    Some of my favorite dinners are the nights I cook just for me. Looks like you stumbled upon a good one here, I love the colors!

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    Kathryn — June 20, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    This sounds like such a great combination of flavours, no wonder you felt the need to share it!

  17. #
    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — June 20, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    Love all of the fresh veggies and the addition of peanuts!

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    Jackie @ The Beeroness — June 20, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    Totally my kind of meal too. I was just thinking that I need to blog more of what I eat on a daily basis, the quick, healthy, easy stuff 🙂

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 20, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    I’m the same way – I sometimes post about things that I don’t even plan on posting cause it’s just too darn good! And I’m so glad you shared this! I love all the flavors here, and I love that you get your spices at TJs 🙂

  20. #
    Kelly — June 20, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    What a fabulous recipe, this looks so delicious! 🙂

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — June 20, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    This looks so summery and delicious! I love just about anything with curry. Wish I had more veggies in the house, so this could be dinner tonight!

  22. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 20, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    i love the flavors that you incorporated in this dish and how healthy it is!

  23. #
    Purabi Naha — June 21, 2012 @ 4:28 am

    Holy yum!!!!! Looks AH-Mazing!!! You had me at this recipe. Loved the presentation!!

  24. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — June 21, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    Love your dish as I am becoming slightly obsessed with curried veggies lately. Yum!

  25. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 21, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    This looks so tasty! I love pasta dishes because you can literally throw anything with it!

  26. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — June 21, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    Man, you put in a lot of effort when you cook for yourself! That’s great. Cooking only for myself = frozen breaded chicken breast. Vegetables aren’t my thing but that looks impressive. 🙂

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 21, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    These are my favorite kinds of meals, easy and flavorful!

  28. #
    Kim Bee — June 22, 2012 @ 12:43 am

    This is so good. I mean wowsers. I am loving this.

  29. #
    kita — June 22, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    Oh my! You weren’t kidding – you did have some veggies in the fridge! This looks and sounds awesome. Im sure I will love it as much as you did 😀

  30. #
    Kari@Loaves and Dishes — June 25, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    This looks yummy! The peanuts are a nice touch.


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