Chicken & Roasted Capsicum Pasta – for Hay Hay It’s Donna Day


hhdd_logo-copyIt’s time for HHDD #26!

First I started reading Meeta’s post with curiosity, then I was in for some surprise, later came the  total disbelief when I saw my name was up there along with an excerpt of my email to Meeta. She had sent me a sweet email too, but I happened to be in her blog even before I saw her mail.  My entry to HHDD #25 – Shrimp Satay – Grilling with Almond Satay Sauce was the overall winner! There were awesome entries in both the sweet & savory categories, & my humble thanks to all those liked mine. After the initial few seconds of thrill of the win wore off, & I realized that I  have to host HHDD #26, the nervousness & intimidation kicked in, for during these few months of blogging I have never even given any thought about hosting an event. But I am sure with all your support I will make this happen:-)

[I am sending a Big Bag of Thanks to Bron, who guided me though this “apparently”  simple task of posting this announcement for HHDD #26.]

I get to select one recipe from Donna Hay & I selected Chicken & Roasted Capsicum Pasta. Why ? Well, because this is a wonderful all inclusive meal. With the fast forward life style I am (I am sure everyone out there is too) always looking for recipes that are not elaborate, uses a lot of fresh ingredients & where the basic recipe can be easily customized. Whether it be for family, a friend or for entertaining, this looked like a colorful & flavorful fast spring time meal with fresh roasted tomatoes, capsicum/peppers(which I love) & herbs. Simple recipes like this give so much space to add your own imagination… so common everyone show us what you can do with it!

Here are the Rules for Participating for HHDD:
Hay Hay it’s Donna Day is open to all food and wine bloggers.
Entries submitted for HHDD must be made specifically for the current round of this event, although photos may be submitted to photo competitions such as DMBLGIT(Does My Blog Look Good In This.)
Entrants must include a link to the host and Bron – the facilitator (link to : in their entry post.
Entries can be made at any time once the event has been announced, but must be posted and emailed to the host by the closing date.
The host then assembles all the entries together into a roundup, from where the participants of the round vote to elect a new host (the winner) for the following event.

A Few Other Things to Remember:

For all those we want to make a Vegetarian version of this, you are very welcome to do so. Add the beans or the tofu or whatever you can think of to substitute the chicken.
While you are allowed to “personalize” this, do keep the theme & procedure of the original recipe in mind.
* It is NOT a creamy, cheesy, or cooked in the Sauce Pasta dish. It’ s more like a Fresh & Flavorful Salad.
* It is NOT a Baked or Layered Pasta dish.
* Please  use some kind of Roasted Capsicum/Bell Pepper/Pepper (any kind & color) in it, as this is the main ingredient that adds the flavor & taste to the dish. You are free to add other veggies…
* Please do include some fresh Herbs & get creative in dressing the pasta.


Too many Rules? I hope I haven’t made things too difficult. Now all the food enthusiast & the wonderful cooks out there get geared to cook, spin your own variations  & send me your awesome  creations.

Please email me your submissions at ecurry[DOT]admin[AT]gmail[DOT]com with “HHDD #26” in the subject line of your email by 23rd March 2009  Monday March 30, 2009. Please include the following information in your mail:

  • The Name & URL of your blog
  • Your Name
  • Your Location
  • Name of your recipe
  • The URL or the permalink to your entry.
  • A photo of your recipe if you have. You do not have to resize it, but it should be less than 1MB.

After I post a  Round Up, all participants will get the opportunity to vote on their favorite dish. A reminder again that the last day of submission is March 23, 2009   Monday March 30, 2009.

Now for  Donna Hay’s recipe of  Chicken and Roasted Capsicum Pasta….


  1. 2 Red Capsicums, halved & stalks Removed
  2. 2 Roma tomatoes quartered
  3. 400g short pasta, such as penne
  4. 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  5. 2 tablespoons malt vinegar
  6. 2 tomato paste
  7. 2 tablespoons chopped oregano leaves
  8. 1 cup basil leaves
  9. 1 teaspoon caster (superfine) sugar
  10. sea salt & crushed black pepper
  11. 200g cooked chicken breast fillet, shredded


Preheat oven to 200 degrees C (390 degrees F).

Place the capsicum & the tomato on a baking tray and cook for 20 minutes or until the capsicum skin is black & the tomato is tender. Allow capsicum to cool, peel, discard the seeds & chop. Set aside.

Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water for 10-12 minutes or until al dente. Drain & return to the pan.

Place the oil, vinegar, tomato paste, oregano, basil, sugar, salt & pepper in a bowl & stir to combine. Add to the pasta with the chicken, capsicum & tomato and toss to combine.

Serve 4.


We Loved it! This is one of those no fuss recipes which  got done in a breeze. Even a novice cook can follow the few lines of instructions, yet the result was a combination of full, invigorating burst of flavors & taste. Really the roasted peppers & tomatoes & the fresh herbs did their magic. Welcome spring with this light, easy & wonderful recipe..


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Penne Pasta in Red Pepper Pesto with Sweet Onions & Mushroom
Iron Skillet Spaghetti

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29 comments to Chicken & Roasted Capsicum Pasta – for Hay Hay It’s Donna Day

  • I am in love with that pic Soma..:)..Happy hosting..:)

  • Oh your photos look wonderful Soma.
    I adore this kind of pasta so I can’t wait to see all the entries!!
    Thank you

  • Wow!! Congrats, Soma:) Will make this one with a vegan version soon!!

    Harini- will be looking forward to see what u come up with:-)

  • Congrats Soma!! Way to go … that satay snap was a winner from day one! 🙂
    And pasta without any gooey sauce … white/tomato/other is always yes for me 🙂
    Ami usually pasta/macaroni ei bhabei banai … stir fried veggies/chicken/prawns diye. 🙂
    All the best for the event.

  • Sounds like a fun event with a delicious looking dish! Can’t wait to see what the entries are going to be.

  • Ann

    Awesome click as always dear..torturing and all the very best for the event.

  • Congratulations on winning ,i know it must be so exciting for u.And hey Happy hosting,everything will go smoothly,so don’t u worry,All the best and yeah the pasta dish is new to me,and as always,the capture is rocking 🙂

  • Congratulations Bron! That prawn dish deserved to win 🙂

    Looking forward to trying out this combination of flavours.

    Create & send it in Christie:-)

  • Great choice Soma. Love your dish. Am just unsure about what to do with HHDD (sorry if I sound dumb, but came in quite late on this one0. Will mail you if I can find the address on your page. Otherwise, I am on

    Deeba, I wrote to u.

  • Congrats ,Soma..Im happy that you are hosting the event.Will try to make something and send you my entry soon!! By the way ,the pics are great 🙂

    Will be looking for your entry!

  • oh soma!! you must hate me! I just realized i totally forgot to answer your sweet mail you sent. sorry! of course I want to help!! silly me – but I see you have picked a grand donna dish.

    soma if you do require any help please do not hesitate to contact me. i promise i will answer!

    Meeta Of Course I don’t hate u. I’ll write to you if I need something:-)

  • A&N

    I forgot to say: Will send in something 🙂

    Thanks!! Will be looking forward to it.

  • What a lovely pasta dish Soma. I love the fact that it is not smothered in tomato sauce. Probably making some soon, if I do I am in.

    Send it in:-)

  • Cham

    That is a lovely pasta dish. Happy Hosting 🙂

  • sandeepa

    Congrats dear Soma. That pasta pic is wonderful and all the best for hosting

  • congrats and all the best for hosting soma..iam sure u wud rock!!
    pls collect ur award from my blog..

  • lovely event,..will sure chip in,..:-)

    Priyanka will be waiting for you entry:-)

  • mohana

    This looks lovely ! well done.

  • Congratulations on your win. Well done.

  • soma

    thanks Folks! I’ll be waiting for your wonderful entires!

  • Congratulations! Wonderful theme you’ve chosen! Will get started thinking about my entry 🙂

    Thanks Joey! Will be looking forward to your recipe:-)

  • Congrats Soma! The pictures are wonderful. I’m not sure if Click theme “Wood” was announced prior or after this post. The first picture with the wooden spatula and serving dish will be an awesome entry for the event.

  • Congratulations Soma! This is what you were talking about. I thought you are hosting Meeta’s next MM event! 🙂

    I have never participated in this event, but will see if I can make it before 23rd, I am taking a break at Aroma right now. I will run out of time most probably.

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  • […] Monday the 30th of March. You can find all the details, recipe and guidelines for this event on eCurry – Soma’s blog We both look forward to your entries and hope you can join […]

  • thnks fo extendn the deadline,..will sure,..send u somethin…

  • Very nice information. Thanks for this.its great to see someone with a like mind.

  • […] this round of Hay Hay It’s Donna Day, where our lovely host Soma of eCurry has chosen Donna’s Chicken & Roasted Capsicum Pasta. Thankfully she has been kind enough to extend the deadline to Monday, March 30…so I, and all […]

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