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Mum's Buitoni/ Masala Pasta is a pasta with an Indian twist. It has all the spices that would go into any typical daily curry. Mum's Buitoni/ Masala Pasta is not only tasty but also never fails to bring back fond memories of my childhood and my mum.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Meal
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


  • 1 cup macaroni/ditali
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt


  • ½ cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • ½ tsp chilli paste
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp sugar optional
  • tsp salt
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh coriander chopped



  • Boil 4 cups of water in a pan. When its boiling, add the macaroni,  1 tsp salt and oil. Cook till it is just done. Usually the cooking time is indicated on the packet. Mine took about 8 minutes.
  • Drain the pasta into a colander or sieve. Save the water in which you boiled the pasta.


  • To prepare the sauce, heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • When it becomes hot, add mustard and cumin seeds. When the seeds sizzle, add the chopped onion.
  • Stir fry the onion till it is  light pink in colour. Add the garlic, chilli and ginger paste. Stir fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the turmeric, chilli and coriander cumin powder. Mix.
  • Add the tomato puree, salt and sugar. Let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add the macaroni including about 1 cup of the water in which the macaroni was boiled.
  • Simmer the pasta for 5 minutes over low heat.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander.
  • Serve piping hot on its own or with bread.


  • If you use canned tomatoes then you may have to increase the amount of sugar.
  • It tastes pretty good even the next day if you don't mind eating soft pasta.
  • Add the pasta just before you are ready to serve it.
  • Add more water for a more soupy base.
  • Be careful when you add salt to the sauce as later you will be adding the salty water in which the pasta is boiled.
  • Adjust the spices according to your taste.
Keyword masala pasta, mum's buitoni