Paprika pasta is a spicy pasta dish made with cooked pasta and a paprika sauce. Besides paprika, the sauce contains various other ingredients like olive oil, garlic, onions, tomatoes, flavoring herbs, seasonings and cheese. It may be served as a starter, side or main dish, and many different variations of the dish such as Chicken Paprika Pasta and Smoked Paprika Pasta can be prepared.
What is Paprika?
Paprika is the term for dried and ground form of Capsicum annum fruits such as chili peppers or bell peppers. It is used as a spice for adding flavor to various dishes. The heat or spiciness of paprika may vary from mild to hot, depending upon the variety of peppers used to prepare it.
Ingredients Used and Preparation Overview for Paprika Pasta
Ingredients: Paprika, pasta, olive oil, chopped garlic, onions and tomatoes, flour, chicken stock, salt, pepper and grated cheese are the commonly suggested ingredients by the paprika pasta recipes.
Method of Preparation: To prepare the dish, garlic, onions, tomatoes and paprika are sautéed in heated olive oil, followed by addition of flour and then chicken stock. The sauce is cooked and reduced by simmering. This sauce is then pureed in a food processor, thinning it with some more stock if desired. Seasonings of salt and pepper are adjusted. Meanwhile, pasta is cooked in boiling salted water till al dente, after which it is drained. The cooked pasta is then tossed with the sauce.
Paprika pasta is served hot, with a garnish of grated cheese and/or chopped fresh parsley. It may be served as a starter or side dish with accompaniments like breads and salads, or as a light meal by itself.
Popular Paprika Pasta Recipe Variations
Chicken Paprika Pasta: This version is prepared by cooking sliced chicken breasts in heated olive oil till browned, and then cooking it with the rest of the ingredients of the sauce by simmering, the rest of the recipe remaining the same as the basic one.
Smoked Paprika Pasta: Smoke cured pasta is used instead of regular pasta in this dish, which imparts a deliciously smoky flavor to the dish.
Pasta Made with Paprika: Another Connotation of Paprika Pasta
The term 'paprika pasta' is sometimes used for a type of pasta which is made by using paprika as an ingredient. The paprika is combined with pasta flour, eggs and olive oil to make pasta dough, which is then rolled out and cut into desired pasta shapes by means of a pasta cutting machine.