Recipe : Tomatoes & Shitake pasta

I haven’t been posting recipes for a long time. It is a chore typing out recipes though it is mighty easy to cook.

If you can cook decently well, you will know that cooking is pretty much like in a trance. You just go by the feel, not really sure what you are doing but you just do it. So, you may add a pinch extra of salt, a few dashes of sauces and throw in some extra ingredients you find the in fridge.


The other thing is it is awfully hard to prepare the foods while taking pictures. With a point and shoot, it does really matter. But if you are using an expensive lens with the DSLR, then, have to be extra careful not to accidentally splash oil on it or dunk the lens into soup. So, that’s why I never bother to take much photos and post recipes lately.


Today, I decided to bring out my micro lens, attached an external flash to it and take some photos. The camera is awfully heavy and since it is a micro (macro) lens, I need both hands to hold it plus adjust the focus. The lens is meant for taking close-ups so there is no zoom. I need to adjust my distance to get the sharpest focus.

Oh, I forgot! This is a food blog, not a photography blog. Ok, here goes the ingredients I used :

1/2 packet of pasta – Cook according to instructions. (enough for 3 persons)

2 plum tomatoes – cube (it is more expensive than local ones but it tastes much nicer)

1 big handful of fresh shitake mushrooms – cube or slice, whatever

1/2 large white onions

4 cloves garlic – chopped

Olive oil and some butter

A few leaves of fresh basil – cut finely
Heat olive oil plus a bit of butter and sweat the onion and garlic. Add in the cubes tomatoes and shitake mushrooms. Flavour with salt and pepper. Add the basil leaves. Pour over the cooked pasta.


I like the simplicity of such pasta. The shittake mushroom is nice to bite on while the tomatoes is not sourish or tart like local ones.


Recently, I bought a few placemats from Reject Shop. They costs only RM10 for three pieces and come in multi colours and designs. If you are a food blogger, go get some for decorative purposes.


The plum tomatoes come in a pack of four. To make sure that the balance two tomatoes are not rotting in the fridge, hubby sliced them, add Swiss emmental cheese with salt, pepper and olive oil to serve as a salad.

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

3 thoughts on “Recipe : Tomatoes & Shitake pasta

    Mei Teng

    (December 8, 2009 - 8:39 am)

    I enjoy eating pasta. One of my fav dishes. The 2nd last photo of the dish looked great to me.

    kim thio

    (December 8, 2009 - 12:46 pm)

    Looks simple and nice. Always wonderful to feed more veg to kids! Will give it a try.


    (December 8, 2009 - 2:59 pm)

    Haih, if only my sons can just eat pasta like this without meatballs….

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