This veggie masala pasta is so easy to make: you literally toss everything into an instant pot and cook! It’s a dish that everyone in your house will love!
This Indian veggie masala pasta is flavorful and comforting. It’s a dish that’ll please both kids and adults! The best thing about it is that it’s so easy to make, you just pour and cook!
There is one thing you’ll need to have handy though – and that’s my pre-made onion masala! This recipe is part of my onion masala series. Check out this post to learn all about it. The gist: I’m sharing recipes that call for exact amounts of onion masala to help make Indian cooking easier for you on a daily basis.
This is the second pasta recipe that I’m sharing in the onion masala series. I already have an Indian veggie lasagna. This dish is cheese-free and less decadent but still so good! You can of course always top it with cheese if you’d like.
This pasta is obviously not a traditional Indian recipe, but as I mentioned in the lasagna post – this is definitely the type of thing that Indian parents make for their kids. We tend to “Indian-ify” dishes from other cuisines. I make this for my kiddo and let me tell you – my toddler loves this pasta! He loves picking up the noodles and veggies with his little fingers. I leave in the cayenne when I make it for him, but if your kiddo isn’t used to spice then you can easily leave it out.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tested this recipe. It has taken me over 10 tries to get this simple dish to turn out just perfect. In fact, at one point I announced in my Instagram stories that the recipe was coming soon – then I had to share another video to tell you guys that I changed my mind and needed to tweak it a bit more. Well now it’s just right and I’m thrilled to be able to share this tasty “dump and press start” recipe with you guys.
The hardest thing about developing this recipe was trying to get the proportions just right – but I did it and you guys, it’s great! You can use regular macaroni noodles OR you can use gluten-free macaroni noodles. I have tested the dish using both types of noodles and they cook perfectly in the same amount of time. I’ve tested this recipe using the brand Barilla so I can’t speak for other brands out there. Please leave a comment letting us know what you use!
Grab your onion masala and make this veggie masala pasta!
- 2 ½ cups diced veggies* (I use ½ cup each of: bell pepper, carrots, red onion, frozen corn, frozen peas)
- 2 cups elbow macaroni or gluten-free elbow macaroni*
- 1 ¾ cups water
- 1 cup (fresh or thawed) onion masala
- 2 tablespoons ghee/butter (or oil)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garam masala
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne, adjust to taste
- Cilantro, garnish (optional)
- Add all of the ingredients to the pot and mix well.
- Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 4 minutes.
- Quick release pressure as soon as it’s done to avoid overcooking the pasta. Then quickly give the pasta a stir and transfer the contents of the pot to another bowl to stop the cooking process.
- Garnish with cilantro and serve.
- I have tested this recipe using both regular barilla and gluten-free barilla elbow macaroni.
- The ghee/butter helps prevent the pasta/sauce from burning – you can use oil instead if you prefer, but I recommend using some type of fat.
- I have tested the recipe many times with the above combination of vegetables. I’m sure other vegetables will work but know that using veggies with high water content may affect the texture of the noodles.