Pomegranate infused spaghetti w/ garlic sage butter

by Kiran on February 3, 2012 · 98 comments

in Entree, Pasta, Valentines, Vegetarian

Not that I don’t have fun in the kitchen or something — but this week was different.

I am glad to report that this has been one of my most productive week ever — creative juices were free-flowing, I kid you not. There’s something about Valentine’s Day that is so motivating. I look upon it as a challenge to create delicious and unique recipes. So far, it has been a great menu:

Bubbles: Citrusy Champagne Sangria

Appetizer: Roasted Beet Salad

Entree:  Well, recipe as below 😉

I’ll let you in on a secret — the Husband literally despises pasta. Nope, I am not making this up. He plain HATES it. He complains about how bland and tasteless pasta can be sometimes. Let’s face it, he’s Indian and needs spices, punch and robust flavors in everything.

And I am equally stubborn, relentless and challenged to change his mind about pasta. It can be delicious, flavorful and full of potential. Just give pasta it another chance.

Popped a bottle of pomegranate juice and that’s when an idea struck! A marriage between spaghetti and pomegranate juice would create a delicious palate of flavors — from sweet to tang of pomegranate juice to meaty & earthy deliciousness of portobellos — It’s simple, rustic and bursting with deep colors :)

You’ve got to love the depth of color by infusing spaghetti with pomegranate juice — no artificiality food coloring. Initially, I thought of cooking spaghetti in a rich red wine sauce but then, there’s sangria. Too much alcohol and we might not be able to enjoy desserts afterwards.

I’d happily give up booze for desserts. Heh.

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  • 8 oz whole wheat, organic pasta
  • 5-6 cups of hot water
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 huge portobello caps, sliced
  • 4 small garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5-6 sprigs of fresh sage
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley for garnish


  1. Boil a few cups of water in a pasta pot. Add 1/2 tsp salt & pasta to cook for only 5 minutes on medium-high heat. Drain pasta and wash under cold running water to stop the cooking.
  2. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium high. Add pom juice to heat through before adding cooled pasta.
  3. Stir pasta into pom juice, turn down the heat to medium/low and allow to gently simmer for 15 minutes. Stir every once in a while.
  4. Once pasta is al dente or fully absorbs pom juice, drain and set aside.
  5. In a separate skillet on medium heat, add sliced portobello & 1/2 tsp salt. Cover and allow it to steam for 2 minutes.
  6. Setting portobello on the sides of the skillet, add butter in the center. Allow butter to completely melt.
  7. Sprinkle minced garlic & sage leaves into the melted butter. Fry till fragrant. Do not burn.
  8. Combine portobello with fragrant sage garlic butter. Cook through.
  9. Remove portobello & sage garlic butter from heat. Add pasta to combine.
  10. Serve hot or room temperature topped with freshly ground black pepper and sprinkling of Italian parsley. Dig in with a fork & a side of sangria :)


After devouring a bowl, the Husband happily went for seconds with a big smile on his face, a thumbs up sealing the approval. Mission accomplished! Wow, never knew victory was so sweet :)

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{ 98 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kath February 3, 2012 at 5:26 PM

WOW that first photo!!!!!!!!!!! in love!
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2 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Thanks sweetie :)


3 chinmayie @ love food eat February 4, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Love this recipe! Never thought of cooking pasta with pomegranate juice! Sounds so good.
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4 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Thanks dear — just to inform you, I am unable to access your site. My anti-virus software detected a trojan virus and blocked your site. Just thought to inform you.


5 Maureen February 4, 2012 at 2:30 AM

I love pasta and husband hates it. This looks so pretty.
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6 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Thanks sweetie — glad we share something in common, about our husbands :)


7 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb February 4, 2012 at 2:51 AM

uhhh thats a lovely idea. very interessting technique too. u just inspired me to try out new things.

haha! I have the same issue with my husband who complains about how plain pasta can be. lol (and he eats maggie noodles, freaking maggie noodles!! O.o) man can be so difficult to satisfy, but like that at least they help us to perfection, right?
wish u a lovely weekend Kiran!
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8 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 6:39 PM

So glad you are inspired by this post — I worked so hard on this recipe :)

Tell me about maggi, it’s mind boggling 😀


9 Katherine Martinelli February 4, 2012 at 5:10 AM

You got my attention here! First of all, your husband hates pasta?! I’m glad you were able to change his mind, just a little, with this dish. Looks amazing. I love pomegranates and I love pasta – this is just brilliant!


10 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Yeah, he hates pasta. But I am glad he liked the taste of this recipe — perhaps I should dish out more pasta recipes to continue enticing his taste-buds? 😀


11 Ina gawne February 4, 2012 at 8:59 AM

What a great idea to cook pasta in pomegranate juice! I would never have thought of that. We love pasta in our house! Gorgeous photos too!
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12 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Thanks sweetie — you should try this recipe and let me know how it tastes :)


13 Gursahiba @ Exquisite Niche February 4, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Your ingredients in this pasta make this truly exquisite! You have a very good sense of amalgamating flavors. This is wonderful! Beautiful pictures as well!
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14 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Thanks sweetie — I just think and come up with oddest combo in my head. Sometimes it’s a pleasant surprise. Not when it involves a kitchen sink filled to the brim 😀


15 Sonali-The Foodie Physician February 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I love pasta! Very creative recipe- looks beautiful and yummy too!


16 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Thanks sweetie :)


17 Lauren February 4, 2012 at 6:29 PM

How can someone hate pasta? I am a pasta lover for sure!!
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18 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 8:03 PM

He is getting around to “liking” pasta. Give an Indian guy who grew up eating spices, a break 😉


19 NikS February 4, 2012 at 7:13 PM

This is a superb idea to infuse the pasta with pomegranates, it reminded of the beetroot colored pastas that I’ve tried in NYC. Great job on changing your husband’s mind!
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20 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Thanks dear — he is getting around to appreciate pasta. Just so long he gets his daily of spicy foods as well :)


21 Carolyn Jung February 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I made a similar recipe by Michael Chiarello, but it uses a whole bottle of Zinfandel instead. It, too, has this glorious color. Wow, pomegrante pasta sounds absolutely delicious. Plus, think of all the antioxidants. It’s enough to make you want two helpings. 😉
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22 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Thanks sweetie — the original recipes usually states red wine. But the flavors are absolutely mouth-watering using pomegranate. A must try :)


23 Jen at The Three Little Piglets February 4, 2012 at 10:09 PM

That is such a great idea!! The color is just beautiful too! Glad that he liked it – that makes your job SO much easier…
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24 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 8:32 PM

So true — my job gets so much better with him, getting on board :)


25 Asmita February 4, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Looks delicious!!!
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26 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Thanks sweetie :)


27 Ameena February 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

What fabulous pictures of a delicious dish!!

I am a fan of pasta but I can only eat 2-3 bites before I feel all carb’d out. Which is odd seeing as I can eat bread for days without a problem. :)
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28 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Thanks sweetie — I can totally relate with you on carb issues 😉


29 Deeps @ Naughty Curry February 5, 2012 at 4:43 AM

i love that maroon, i think this is the first time im seeing pasta in such a beautiful hue! lovely flavours
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30 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Thanks dear :)


31 Aggie February 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM

What a beautiful pasta!!
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32 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Thanks sweetie :)


33 Magic of Spice February 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Just gorgeous! I absolutely love the color and infusing with juice if one of my favorite things to do :) And I am also loving this flavor combination…beautiful dish!
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34 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Magic of Spice,
Thanks a lot sweetie :)


35 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 5, 2012 at 12:47 PM

What a creative pasta recipe! Beautiful photos.
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36 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Thanks sweetie :)


37 Charles February 5, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Whaaaa? How can anyone despise pasta?!?!?!

Your dish looks fabulous Kiran – I never would have thought of combining pomegranate with pasta before… what a fantastic and novel idea! I’ll have to give it a shot!


38 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 11:52 PM

I know!! It’s difficult, but that’s the truth. He is warming to the idea of pasta now :)

Do give this recipe a try and let me know how it tastes :)


39 shutterbug February 6, 2012 at 1:17 AM

What a unique recipe! I haven’t heard of anything quite like this! I will have to try it sometime…


40 Kiran February 8, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Thanks sweetie — do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes :)


41 Khushboo February 6, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Er wow! Another amazing recipe- I feel like I always say ‘amazing’ but your recipes really are something else! Never would I have thought to use pomegranate juice in a savory recipe! I am 100% a pasta lover- carbs for the win :D! It’s actually on the menu for tonight’s dinner!
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42 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Thanks for the compliments, yaar — hope you enjoyed pasta for dinner the other night :)


43 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 6, 2012 at 5:41 AM

What a great idea for colouring the pasta! I thought you made a pasta from scratch! 😮
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44 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Thanks dear — not only the color, but the infusion of natural sweetness and tangyness of pomegranates takes this pasta up a notch :)

Pasta from scratch?! Me?! 😀


45 Ira Rodrigues February 6, 2012 at 9:38 AM

i,m a half pasta lover ;). i always admire your idea! i love portobello mushroom anyway * really love the color of your pasta!
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46 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Thanks sweetie — I am a half pasta lover too 😉


47 Caroline February 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Hooray, you did it! I love when I’m able to change someone’s mind about a particular food. Very creative idea for this pasta dish, it sounds delicious, Kiran!
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48 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Thanks sweetie — your comments always makes me smile :)


49 Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan February 6, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Dear Kiran,

Now that pomegranate is in season, I think I might give this a go as I have always wanted to cook more with that fruit.


50 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Dear Chopinand,
Thanks dear — do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes :)


51 Culinarystorm February 6, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Pasta LOVER right here! 😉
Also, how how how do you take such stunning photos??
I’m a fan! Can I come to you for classes? :)
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52 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Thanks so much sweetie — I have a blog post coming soon on my food photography — stay tuned :)

Aww, you are such a darling! Come over to Orlando, Florida for classes 😀


53 Culinarystorm February 9, 2012 at 10:32 PM

oh wow!! really waiting for that post! thank you :)
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54 Raks February 7, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Interesting recipe, sounds delicious! Lovely captures!


55 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Thanks dear :)


56 subhorup dasgupta February 7, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Very nice pics. Your macro revelry is a pleasure to be part of. Commenting before going through the recipes on the post. :)
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57 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Thanks a lot — your support is encouraging :)


58 Jennifer (Delicieux) February 7, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Wow, I’ve never thought of cooking pasta in pomegranate juice, but I love the gorgeous red hue it’s given the spaghetti!

I’m a pasta lover from way back…I love the stuff, especially spaghetti, which strangely I used to hate!
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59 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Thanks dear — I love spaghetti more than any other pasta shapes. I think it gives a very authentic presentation :)


60 Denise February 7, 2012 at 3:54 AM

He hates pasta? No!!
I think your genius for coming up with the idea to cook pasta in pomegranate juice: those beautiful read colours!
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61 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Hahaha!! But he is coming around to appreciate it. Baby steps count, right? 😉


62 Rosa February 7, 2012 at 3:56 AM

A splendid dish! I am a sucker for pomegranates, spaghetti and sage. A great combo.




63 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Thanks a lot sweetie — you are way too kind :)


64 Sophie February 7, 2012 at 5:07 AM

Waw, What an amzing, tasty & healthy recipe!

Lovely flavour combinations in here & so apart too! :)

Absolutely beautiful! 😉
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65 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Thanks sweetie — you are a gem :)


66 Jenny @ BAKE February 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM

I have an obsession with pomegranate juice, I drink it nearly every day, I’ve never thought of putting it with a savoury meal before, but I’ve heard it’s quite common mixed with lamb in Moroccan cuisine. I will have to have a go at this recipe


67 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting :) Do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes. Lamb and pomegranate would surely taste so good!


68 Maegan February 7, 2012 at 8:40 AM

I cant wait to try this kind of pasta sound delicious and different to me..Thanks for sharing..
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69 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting :) Thank you for trying this recipe, and do let me know how it tastes!


70 Nava Krishnan February 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I have to agree that this is a unique and out of the blues recipe. Surely a worth the try for the lovely and delicious looking outcome.


71 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Thanks a lot sweetie :)


72 Suchi February 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Wow pasta with pomegranate juice is indeed novel! You have a lovely blog and your photos are all wow!
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73 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments — truly made my day :)


74 Nami | Just One Cookbook February 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

You did an amazing job coloring pasta! Oh my, yeah no food coloring, this is just fabulous~~~! By the way pasta shot is very dramatic. I love that shot, A LOT!!
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75 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Thanks a lot sweetie — the whole idea is to infuse natural food colors and of course, the sweetness and tang from pomegranates definitely adds a lot of flavor to this dish :)


76 Julie M. February 7, 2012 at 2:12 PM

How creative! I love what you did with this recipe. I do love pasta but somehow I have a feeling that this would take that love to a whole other level.
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77 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Thanks a lot dear — do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes :)


78 Juliana February 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

What a great idea Kiran…beautiful pasta with pomegranate juice..
Thanks for this delicious recipe and hope you are having a wonderful week :)


79 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Thanks a lot dear — hope you are having a great week as well :)


80 Cindie February 9, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Wow, found this link via Tastespotting, I’m in love! First time visitor, definitely saving this recipe (and saving the site to my Google Reader). Thanks!
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81 Kiran February 9, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for those wonderful compliments :) Glad you love our space and thanks for subscribing :)

Do give this recipe a try and let me know how it tastes!!


82 Cass @foodmyfriend February 9, 2012 at 9:14 PM

You’re so super talented. Loving ever little thing you do!
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83 Kiran February 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Cass — thanks a lot, sweetie. You made my day 😀


84 easyfoodsmith February 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Absolutely brilliant post dear! My hubby too HATES pasta 😉
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85 Kiran February 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

EasyFoodSmith — Haha! He and Tarun can be best buddies 😀


86 kankana February 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

WOW Kiran .. i can’t wait to try this pasta! Love the color.
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87 Kiran February 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Kankana — thanks sweetie. Do try and let me know how it tastes :)


88 Lucy February 13, 2012 at 7:30 AM

This looks fab!
I adore pasta and would eat it daily if it was up to me – but like you I have a hubby who isn’t a great lover of it!

Will be giving this a try for sure – thanks :)
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89 Kiran February 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting — do give this recipe a try and let me know how it tastes :)


90 Richa@HobbyandMore February 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

i love the dark deep colors.. how pretty and so perfect for vday! i have both love and hate days with pasta.. it just depends on the day:)
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91 Kiran February 16, 2012 at 1:39 AM

Dear Richa — thanks for the sweet comment :) I think we all have a day where we love/hate certain palates.


92 Alana February 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

I must say this is the most original combination of flavours I’ve seen in a while, and as a lover of pomegranate I’m going to have to give this a try sometime soon. Thanks for the inspiration!


93 Kiran February 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Alana — welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting. Do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes :)


94 Manu February 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Namastey Bhabhi,

So glad to see ” Bumper to Bumper ” traffic on the blog.
More power to the venture.

Please post vegetable lo- mein photo tutorial soon.

Take care and be well


95 Kiran February 21, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Manu — thanks so much. I would definitely post your request, soon :) Take care and keep in touch.


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97 Kiran February 27, 2012 at 1:45 AM

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98 Kim Bee March 28, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Kiran this is wicked cool and inventive. Great job thinking outside the box. Love it.
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