Penne with Afghan Qorma

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Barilla Chef Yury Krasilovsky developed this version of the classic Afghan nut-based sauce for pasta. Fragrant spices and a hint of jalapeno give the sauce a bold profile.


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

Puree the cashews, garlic and vegetable stock until smooth.

Step 3

In a pot, melt the butter and saute the onion, jalapeno and spices until aromatic and lightly browned. Add the cashew puree and tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened slightly, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.

Step 4

In a bowl, stir together the yogurt, iime zest and juice. Season with a little salt.

Step 5

For each serving, to order: Reheat about 1 1/2 cups pasta in simmering water. Bring some of the qorma sauce to a simmer in a pan. Drain and add the pasta to the sauce, along with a little pasta cooking water to thin, if necessary.

Step 6

Plate the pasta and top it with about 2 1/2 Tbsp yogurt sauce and 1 Tbsp cilantro.


  • 4 lb Barilla Penne
  • 2 cups unsalted cashews
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 onions, chopped
  • 4 jalapeno peppers, minced
  • 2 2/3 Tbsp ground turmeric
  • 2 2/3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 Tbsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups chopped tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cups yogurt
  • 4 limes, zested and juiced
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro
Chef Recommended Cuts
  • Cellentani / Cavatappi
  • Gemelli
  • Penne
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container

Amount Per Serving
Calories 440
Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 23mg
Sodium 246mg
Total Carbohydrate 66g
Dietary Fiber 10g
Sugars 7g
Protein 14g

Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 23%
Calcium 8%
Iron 18%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.