Fusilli Pasta made with Indian Spices


I was sent two samples of two unique and special Gaea olive oils :

  1. Gaea D.O.P. Sitia, Crete Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This has a rich, intensely fruity flavour, gentle aroma and a soft emerald hue. This oil is made from handpicked and cold pressed Koroneiki olives – a variety unique to Greece – this oil is a winner of many prestigious international prizes.
  2. Gaea D.O.P. Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil:  This comes from Kalamata in Southern Peloponnese and is also made from cold pressed Koroneiki olives. This Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a favourite of gourmet and wine experts worldwide, due to its uniquely balanced and harmonious fresh-green flavour and peppery aftertaste. Like its Sitia sibling, it is rich in health-giving polyphenols and antioxidants.

I used the oils to make some spicy pasta.  We loved the extra flavours the oils added to the pasta and pasta sauce.

Ingredients for 4 Servings

  • 2 cups of fusilli pasta (spiral shaped pasta) (you can use any Pasta)
  • 1 cup any mixed vegetables
  • 2 cups passata (Passata is made from ripe tomatoes that have been puréed and sieved to remove the skin and seeds and is available in all supermarkets)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic – use a garlic press and blend the garlic
  • 1 finely chopped jalepeno
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander and cumin powder (often referred to as dhana jeeru in the Asian stores)
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 -3 tsp Gaea Crete Extra Virgin Olive Oil (you can use any olive oil)
  • 2 -3 tsp Gaea Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil (you can use any olive oil)
  • ½ tsp rosemary


1 Cook the pasta as per the instruction on the manufacturers packet. I boiled mine in hot water with some ½ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon olive oil.

2. Once cooked, drain off the water and add  2-3 teaspoons of Gaea Crete Extra Virgin Olive Oil and lightly toss the pasta and transfer to a serving bowl.

3. Add 2 teaspoons of Olive Oil in a frying pan. When the oil gets hot, add in chopped jalapeno and garlic.  Stir these and quickly add the frozen mixed vegetables and the spices such as  salt, pepper, turmeric, chili powder, cumin and coriander powder (dhana jeeru) and stir well.


4.  Once the vegetables soften, add the pasatta and stir well.  The sauce should be ready in 5 -6 minutes.  Add a couple of teaspoons of Gaea Kalamata Extra Virgin to the sauce just before you are ready to serve the sauce.

5.   Serve some pasta in a dish and pour some of the cooked sauce over the pasta.  Garnish it with rosemary and grated cheese and serve it hot.


  • Cat Culmer

    That sounds delicious. I’d never think to add spices/

  • Oooooooh looks so delicious, every time I visit here there is always something delicious brewing getting me all hungry lol x

  • Yum. My daughter is encouraging my interest in Indian food. So far, we’ve eaten in restaurants, but I haven’t done much on my own. She especially wants me to learn how to make the spicy soups.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      My blog has soup recipes but they are not too spicy. Check out my dall recipes

  • Tim

    That looks good; an Indian Italian combo. So much flavor.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Just experiment with the spices you love.

  • Looks great Mina, I like Arabiatta so can be sure this heat and spice combination would be even more appealing

    • MinaJoshi5409

      I like Arabiatta sauce too!!

  • It sounds like a delicious pasta dish with interesting combination of spices.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      I am not sure how I would live without my Spices

  • Clare Mansell

    My brother-in-law is really into his olive oils and always likes them as gifts so it’s good to discover some new ones!

    • MinaJoshi5409

      These two oils taste so great even on their own!

  • Twinsplustwo

    The spiciness sounds lovely – my eldest loves spicy food but unfortunately due to chronic problems with reflux the younger three can’t tolerate anything too strong. This would be great as a quick meal for a hungry 16 yr old though!

    • MinaJoshi5409

      You can always make it without the spices.

  • Jacqueline Gum

    Sounds wonderful! The jalepeno sounds like ti gives it just the right amount of “kick”

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Being Indian – I do love hot food and would even add green chillies to my dish.

  • Jen Walshaw

    I have never tried pasta and indian spice, but I don’t see why not

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Experiment with the Spices you love and make friends with new spices!

  • I always add some kind of spice to pasta and instant noodles to make a twist. It is really interesting. I like fusion cooking. Sometimes, i just make it in italian way too.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      You sound like me – The spices you use depend on your mood!

  • Love the fusion of Indian and Italian! Will have to add this to my “must eat” list! It’s ever growing! x

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Have to love those Spices!

  • MinaJoshi5409

    Do let me know how it turns out!

  • MinaJoshi5409

    I have the same problem so when someone in the family makes a suggestion – I really appreciate it.

  • MinaJoshi5409

    I started adding vegetables to the pasta as that was the only way to make my son eat his greens.

  • MinaJoshi5409

    Yes, you can just switch the pasta to gluten free pasta.

  • MinaJoshi5409

    Patricia – let me know how it turns out.

  • MinaJoshi5409

    Garam masala would be a great addition to the pasta. I have not heard of goda masala!! Do share

  • Ooh, this looks delicious. I have been using passata a lot lately because the kids don’t like chunks of tomato. I will try adding some spices to it next time.

  • That sounds yummy and my husband I’m sure would love it.

  • Hi Mina – my son and his family would absolutely go mad about this so I’m going to print it off and send it to them. Thanks for another great recipe.

  • Gretta Schifano

    This looks very tasty. We often cook Italian dishes with chilli and garlic but I’ve not thought of using the other spices you suggest.

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    This sounds amazing. Will be giving it a try!

  • Globalmouse

    Yum, this looks lovely. We are big pasta fans in this house and we also love spicy food so this would be perfect!

  • I love using frozen veg in dishes like this – it makes them so quick and easy x x

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Frozen vegetables can be life saver at times when we haven’t had time to go shopping.

  • Oh gosh that sounds so delicious – you definitely have a knack for cooking 🙂 x

  • You Baby Me Mummy

    Oh I would never have put spices with pasta. This looks yummy though x

  • Carl Hedinger

    I like this recipe. I don’t have an oven where I live so we make a lot of stir fries and curries. I used fusili for some curry and it was amazing. The curry tucked itself into each one and every bite was an explosion of awesomeness.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Keri-Anne

    This is making me so hungry! I love pasta dishes and actually might try this this evening x

  • Donna Janke

    An appetizing and different twist on pasta. Thanks.

  • We frequently spice up our pasta with jalapenos and masales – jars of sauce are so bland and disappointing we always make our own now, and passata is a must-have.

  • Catarina Alexon

    Sounds like a new approach to pasta. Sounds delightful and is actually a good way for people who are new to Indian food to have a go at it:-)

  • I’ve never had pasta with an Indian style sauce, I’ll have to try it 🙂

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I make a pasta week once a week for dinner, and this one would be a welcome addition to the list. Thank you.

  • Mina, this looks delicious! I will be giving it a try soon!

  • Jason Butler

    Looks like a very easy recipe. I may have to give it a try/

  • Bex Smith

    I would never have thought to add an Indian style sauce to pasta…something I must try now!

  • crystal Ross

    Looks delicious and I would love to try it! 🙂

  • I would have never thought to combine pasta with Indian flavors. Two of my favorite types of food! I will definitely be trying this!

  • Hi Mina,
    I have long enjoyed Indian spices, and it’s always nice to learn new food combinations. I also enjoy fusilli, so it will be easy to follow your recipe. Thanks! Can’t wait to taste it. We use Bertolli Extra Virgin olive oil.

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