Popeye –The marinaio Pasta

Popeye - The sailor Man:)
Popeye – The sailor Man:)

“I’m Popeye the Sailor(Pasta) Man,
I’m Popeye the Sailor(Pasta) Man.
I’m strong to the finich
Cause I eats me spinach.
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man”.. The Spinach pasta man

Source of Inspiration: My 7 yrs old Niece J

“Her hate for Spinach..

Her love for Baby corns ..

Her hate for nutritious foods..

Her love for cheese ..

Her hate for chapatti & Bottle gourds ..

Her love for Pasta & Broccoli’s ,It says it all” J

So me, being her most lovable maasi & best friend to dear sister ,I had to innovate a perfect recipe that would be happily prepared by my sis & loved by my neice..

I had to brainstorm ,put my busy mind to work ,& yo I came up with a lovely character : Popeye ,The sailor man ,one who loved spinach & grew strong ,his jingles we sang in childhood..Aww..Those were lovely days & when clubbed with Spinach Pasta ,won’t it give a boost to our kids as well as us?

Well ,do try out this tongue twister recipe & I’m sure kids are gonna love this pasta (with spinach) ,as much as my niece relishes ..

Overall Preparation time: 30-40 minutes

Serves : 3-4 people

Utensils Required:

  • Sauce Pan’s
  • Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Fork
  • Chopper
  • Mixer –Grinder


Veggies :

  1. 300 gram – DelMonte Chifferi Rigati Pasta https://www.facebook.com/DelMonteIndia
  2. 7-8 pcs – Small Baby corn
  3. 2 bunches broccoli trimmed from the stem
  4. 15-20 olives  slices
  5. 400 gram – Spinach
  6. 2 tomatoes /1 big tomato chopped
  7. 2-  Onions
  8. 8-10 garlic cloves
  9. Olive Oil -2 tea spoon

For Flavour:

  1. 1/2 tea spoon garam masala
  2. 1/2 tea spoon red chilli
  3. 1/4 tea spoon black pepper
  4. Salt as per the taste
  5. 1 tea spoon sugar (optional)

For White sauce:

  1. 200 ml -Toned milk
  2. 1 1/2 tea spoon butter
  3. 2 tea spoon Maida
  4. 1/2 tea spoon White pepper
  5. Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Cheese :

1/2-3/4 bowl Grated Cheddar cheese

2 cheese slices

Preparation of Gravy/Puree:

  1. Spinach Puree –
    1. Thoroughly wash spinach under running water twice/thrice
    2. Heat in a pan & bring it to boil for next 7-8 minutes
    3. Let it cool
    4. Wash with cold water ,blanching gives a thick consistency to it
    5. Grind it in a mixer & keep it aside
  2. Tomato Puree –
    1. Chop tomatoes & grind it along with sugar (optional) & keep it aside
  3. Onion –Garlic Puree –
    1. Again mix onion & garlic & grind it ,keep it aside
  4. White Sauce –
    1. Bring the milk to boil
    2. Add butter & maida in another pan ,stir it till it gets a paste form ,cook for 3-4 minutes
    3. Add milk to the cooked maida –butter paste & stir it continuously till it thickens
    4. Add white pepper to it & cook for next 5-8 minutes
    5. Add Oregano to the final paste

Receipe :

  •  Boil Broccoli &corn for some 4-5 minutes, add olives to the boiled veggies & keep it aside. 
  • Boil Pasta for 10-12 min on medium flame , (add pinch of salt & olive oil to it), drain & wash with cold water & keep it aside

Since the basic requirements are done, let’s start with our “Popeye Pasta” –Kid’s yummilicious pastaJ

Step by step Directions :

  • Add olive oil to the pan, let oil heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add Onion garlic mixture to it & sauté it until it turns golden brown (Raw& pureed pic attached)

  • To it add tomato gravy & add flavours as Garam masala ,Red chilli ,Black pepper ,salt & let it boil for next 5 minutes (till oil starts leaving pan’s sides)

  • Add Spinach gravy & let it boil for next 5-8 minutes

  • Once gravy thickens ,add cheese slice & white sauce to it

  • Once this gravy becomes little thick add the veggies (broccoli ,corn ,olives) kept aside to it & let it simmer for next 5 minutes

  • To this add boiled DelMonte Rigati pasta & mix thoroughly & keep simmering for next 3-5 minutes.
  • Add Oregano seasoning & lots of grated cheddar cheese.

  • Finally top it with nutritious sesame seeds & serve this delicious ,nutritious popeye pasta to kids as well as adults ( Optional Tomato Ketchup as dressing )

    Special Instruction:
    This yummilicious healthy pasta is a must try ,if not ,it may corrupt other contestants minds;)
Yes I love Popeye Pasta:)
Yes I love Popeye Pasta:)

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