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Coconut Pasta

Coconut pasta is a savory pasta dish made with coconut milk or coconut cream and cooked pasta. Shredded coconut is also sometimes included in the dish, and other ingredients used are pasta, onions, garlic, red peppers, salt, pepper and olive oil. Cooked prawns or shrimp are often included in this pasta in various coastal cuisines. Coconut pasta is a versatile dish which can be served as a starter, side or main dish, and prepared in many different ways by inclusion of additional vegetables like broccoli and carrots or meats like chicken or shrimp.

Ingredients and Preparation

Coconut pasta is made with coconut milk or coconut cream, pasta, olive oil, garlic, onions, peppers, vegetable or chicken stock, roughly chopped coriander, salt and pepper.

To prepare the dish, garlic, onions and peppers are cooked by sautéing in heated olive oil, after which coconut milk or coconut cream and stock are added and the sauce is cooked. Coriander leaves are added to the sauce thus prepared, and it is pureed in a food processor. Meanwhile, the pasta is cooked in boiling salted water till al dente, after which it is drained and tossed with the coconut sauce.

Serving Suggestions

Coconut pasta is served hot, with a garnish of chopped coriander leaves or a basil sprig or toasted shredded coconut. It may be served as a starter, side or main dish, with accompaniments like breads, salads or veggies.

Coconut Pasta Recipe Variations

  • Chicken Coconut Pasta: This version is prepared by including marinated and roasted chicken breasts in the dish, which are tossed with the cooked pasta and coconut sauce at the final stage of preparation.
  • Shrimp Coconut Pasta: This version is prepared by cooking shrimp in a sauce made with coconut milk, chicken stock, fish sauce, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper and then tossing it with cooked pasta.
  • Coconut Pasta with Veggies: This version is prepared by cooking vegetables like broccoli, carrots and cauliflower in boiling salted water, and then cooking them with a sauce made of coconut milk, flour, curry powder, salt, and pepper. This mixture is gently tossed with cooked pasta.
  • Coconut and Fresh Fruit Pasta: This can be made by tossing together cooked pasta, diced mangoes, pineapple chunks, orange sections, sliced bell pepper, minced celery, minced scallions, shredded coconut and a dressing made of coconut milk, lime juice, orange juice, allspice, salt and brown sugar.