Day out in the city and Roasted Carrots with Garlic Spaghetti

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Last week was one of those crazy weeks which flew by even before I could realize! And that’s good, because it was a happy busy week that I would love to re-live any time. The week, where catching up with friends was more fun than catching up with emails, enjoying the season and getting soaked up in the sun was more exciting than staying cozy at home with a book.

There were long drives, seeing new places, walking in the sun, running on the beach, eating out and of-course shopping. It was exhausting but exhilarating!


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When I left Bangalore and came to US, there was one thing I was prepared to miss the most; my girlfriends. Hanging out in the coffee shop, shoe shopping after work, staying up late and talking about things that never mattered to anyone but us and laughing out loud on those silly jokes. I miss those moments, miss all of them!

Girlfriends can never be substituted or replaced but new girlfriends can be made anywhere and anytime. When I met these lovely bloggers(Rose, Vijji and Prerna) for the first time, I was not sure what to expect! I loved their work and admired them but little did I know that someday, they would become my friends. Friends I would love to hang out with, love to cook for and love to visit any day.

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Last week, my new girlfriends and I took a trip to San Francisco, visited the ferry building and the farmer’s market. The whole day was all about eating, chatting, laughing, walking around with strollers, kids, cameras and capturing moments non-stop. It was a fun day out, one of a kind, which we decided to repeat more often.

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On our way back home, I bought these gorgeous baby carrots. Tender, soft and so pretty! Veggies this fresh should be eaten raw or roasted, to bring out the sweetness and flavor and that is exactly what I did. I made some garlic pasta to go along with the roasted carrots which paired beautifully.

It was lovely and light spring meal on a warm night.

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Roasted Baby Carrots with Garlic Spaghetti


for the roasted carrots

  • bunch of baby carrots
  • salt
  • pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle on the carrots

for the garlic sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of half lemon
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • salt
  • pepper

few more ingredients

  • 1/2 pound spaghetti, I used whole wheat
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • few cilantro leaves, for garnish


for the roasted carrots

  1. Layer the carrots in a baking dish and drizzle EVOO on top. Season with some salt, pepper and give it a mix.
  2. Roast it at 350F for about 15 minutes.

for the pasta

  1. Boil enough water in a big saucepan, season with salt and drop the spaghetti.
  2. Let it cook for about 8 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, prepare the sauce.
  4. In a small pan, heat oil and drop the garlic cloves. Let it cook for about 2 minutes until the garlic is soft enough and the oil gets infused with garlic. Discard the garlic cloves.
  5. Let the oil cool down to room temperature.
  6. Now, add lemon juice, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Give it a mix.
  7. Add 2 tablespoons of the pasta water, parmesan cheese and give it another mix.
  8. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water and pour it a serving bowl.
  9. Pour the sauce and mix it up nicely. If required, add a little bit more EVOO.
  10. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve with the roasted carrots.


If you enjoy garlic like I do, you can mash the garlic cloves after they're soft and add it to the sauce. Roasting time of the carrots will differ depending on the kind and size of carrots that you are using. Any other kind of pasta can also be used in this dish.

Check out what Prerna, Rose and Vijjita had to share about the fun day out!

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  • Grishma @ZaikaZabardast
    Grishma @ZaikaZabardast
    April 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    GORGEOUS picture! You nailed it again…and no doubt about the flavors 🙂

  • Priya
    April 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Simple veggie pasta, i love making them too! The mushrooms and carrots look so good… love the lighting and miss u California…..

  • Kala
    April 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    OK. You convinced me with these photos and recipe – I have to try this dish.

  • Sawsan (Chef in disg
    Sawsan (Chef in disg
    April 30, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I totally agree, fresh vegetables need simple recipes that allow them to shine.
    I love everything about your recipe and I would totally mash the garlic into the sauce too

  • Joyti
    April 30, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Oh, what a lovely day!
    One day, when you come to the city, we should hang out. It’s a lovely place for a foodie 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      YEAH !! we have to plan. Actually we were thinking we should make such trips at least once a month and next time we will let ya know in advance. Let’s meet 🙂

  • Spandana
    April 30, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Love the simplicity in the dish… absolutely delicious!!
    Such a beautiful pictorial of the city!! No doubt you girls had tons of fun!!

  • Rosa
    April 30, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Gorgeous clicks! That spaghetti dish is perefect. So spring-like and refined in its apparent simplicity.



  • Eha
    April 30, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Oh sugar! Am so short of the proverbial shillings and pence at the moment you could not have posted a more magnificent recipe! Methinks this will be on the menu more than once this week 😀 ! Thanks heaps!!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      Your words always makes me smile and motivates me to do better! Thanks a ton 🙂

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    April 30, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    What a gorgeous dish! I would never have thought to pair roasted carrots with spaghetti, but I love the idea. By the way, I love that photo of the spaghetti. Just stunning!

  • Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    May 1, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    wow Kankana you have captured our day out in the city so beautifully! Love the pictures- the carrots, the flowers,and ofcourse my icecream 🙂 roasted carrots with garlic pasta sound absolutely delicious too!

  • Nandita
    May 1, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Stunning photographs. I really loved the shot of the carrots. Stunning post Kankana 🙂

  • Rekha
    May 1, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Looks like you guys had lotsa fun…Recently did roasted carrots with bit defferent dressing… they were delish, though not as pretty as these baby carrots 🙂

  • Poornima
    May 1, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Stunning pictures Kankana. Am yet to visit the ferries building, got to plan. Love this simple dish, the flavors are awesome. The carrots look amazing. Btw how did you use the greens, would hate to waste them?

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 8, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Oh god! don’t even ask. I threw the greens only to realize the next minute I shouldn’t have 🙁

  • Soma
    May 1, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Lovely post! and beautiful photographs! You have done justice to those gorgeous carrots.. simple and loaded with colors flavors and the shape:)

  • debjani
    May 1, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    That picture of the tied up spaghetti is beautiful, and so are the rest of the pictures! Your blog has this air about it…very fresh and happy, just like the blog title! I enjoy it!

  • Ambika
    May 1, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Wow!! The photos are lovely, wish I was in the bay area now 🙁 The carrots look so amazing and fresh, love them!

  • Nidhi
    May 1, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    Gorgeous pictures…who would think baby carrots could look so inviting !!!

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    May 1, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    San Francisco, oh how much do I love thee! Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos!

  • Ira Rodrigues
    Ira Rodrigues
    May 1, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Great recipe and absolutely great photos! it must be delicious having spaghetti with carrots, i could imagine the flavor and its texture! yum…

  • Choc Chip Uru
    Choc Chip Uru
    May 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    What a fun day filled with delicious food 😀
    This spaghetti is exceptionally yummy!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • thyme (Sarah)
    thyme (Sarah)
    May 1, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    You have really really beautiful photos. I’m sorry your miss your girlfriends so much. I know how hard it is to make new friends but having little ones helps to get out and meet new people. What gorgeous photos you have and I love the pasta with the roasted carrots.

  • Nami | JOC
    Nami | JOC
    May 1, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Oh Kankana, your pictures look so pretty! Looks like you girls had fun! I totally understand about moving to another country and missing time with friends. Now you have these beautiful friends around. :-). I love your simple pasta! Carrots look so beautiful too!

  • kale
    May 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    I love your photos! Felt like I was strolling along with you. And I love the roasted carrots.

  • Monet
    May 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    What a stunning post! I’m so glad I stumbled on your blog. Good food and wonderful pictures of city life. This is my ideal! Thank you for sharing. I hope you are having a beautiful day.

  • torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    May 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    lovely post and produce enjoyed the pictures

  • Kiri W.
    Kiri W.
    May 1, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures 🙂
    I can relate – I still miss my German friends, but life never stops, does it?

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
    [email protected]
    May 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    I would have never thoughtof combining spagetti & carrots but seeing your post I think it would be such a delicious meal! You guys had so much fun…wish I cud join too..someday! 😉

  • Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet
    May 1, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Ohhh…Wonderful clicks, Kankana! I love SF–Many lovely memories coming back now :)Pasta and Roasted carrots! yes, I’m a huge fan of these two- And the combination of flavors sound fantastic!

    Hugs <3

  • Yadsia @ShopCookMake
    Yadsia @ShopCookMake
    May 1, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Those raw carrots are gorgeous!

  • tigerfish
    May 1, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Oh how I love bunch carrots! They are so sweet just simply roasted! So so good!

  • Charles
    May 2, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Beautiful photos and a wonderful recipe Kankana – it looks like you had a wonderful day out. Those photos of the market look amazing! The frugalist in me is hoping you didn’t chuck away those carrot greens. You could make something like this 🙂

  • easyfoodsmith
    May 2, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Your clicks are beautiful as always and the idea of pairing carrots with spaghetti is very interesting.

  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    May 2, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    nothing like janging out wth grlfriends- totally agree! looks like u guys had the time of ur lives… lovely pics and the pasta looks so appetizing

  • Notyet100
    May 2, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    U r so right no one can replace girlfriends,,,:) and those baby carrots look so cute,..

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    May 2, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    Nice shots! So happy for you for finding some new friends, Kankana!
    I love the simplicity of this pasta! I love carrots and this is one superb way of enjoying it!

  • shanthi
    May 2, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    Perfectly made and awesome clicks

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    May 2, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    your photos are breathtaking. They make me feel like I am there it the city with you! Amazing! The use of garlic spaghetti with the carrots sounds so delightful and delicious

  • Sublime Palate
    Sublime Palate
    May 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    The description and pictures just made me feel a part of all the fun you girls had! It made me miss my girlfriends from India and Bangkok. It’s not easy to find good friends esp if you share similar interests though I always thought it should be the other way round. Wish you gals plenty more good times and a friendship that goes a long way!:)

  • Only Fish Recipes
    Only Fish Recipes
    May 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    looks like you guys had loads of fun !!!! fabulous meal n fabulous pics dear 🙂

  • Sara{OneTribeGourmet}
    May 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    What an exciting day! Your pasta dish & photography is exquisite!

  • Simone
    May 2, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Making friends is always fun wherever you are and I’ve had the fortune of meeting some brilliant foodbloggers too that I can now call my friends.. 😉 Love these roasted baby carrots! And GORGEOUS clicks!

  • myfudo
    May 3, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Your pictures come alive…The pasta looks really delicious. Oh, the charm of baby carrots, specially roasted, is really irresistible.

  • Joanne
    May 3, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    This post is chock full of so much beauty! The pasta makes me feel your happiness and how much fun you had with your friends!

  • Steve @ the black pe
    Steve @ the black pe
    May 3, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    Wow – those photos are stunning – and not just the food ones. All of them. Just lovely. And the food looks delicious!

  • Kanan
    May 3, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    spaghetti looks fabulous . so beautiful pictures

  • Shruti
    May 3, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    great that you hungout – fun 🙂 nice way to make friends there. i wouldn’t have thought of pairing carrots with spaghetti ! the old lady, mushrooms & carrots in the market are my favorite pics

  • Reeni
    May 3, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I’m glad you had a great time! Your photos say it all – they’re gorgeous! Just like the roasted carrots! I love how you paired them with the garlic pasta. Perfection.

  • Tiffany
    May 3, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Those carrots are calling my name! And love all of your photos!

  • Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}
    Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}
    May 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    such a beautiful way to spend the day! wonderful company, great views and delicious food. my way of living life!
    the photos are spectacular Kankana!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    May 3, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Looks like it was a beautiful day in great company, the best kind!

  • Vijitha
    May 3, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Aw, such a colorful post Kankana. Agreed, cann’t beat the fun we had. We guys must do this often and I am so glad to have friends like you guys. Group hug! and you have made a very pleasing dish out of the produce you bought at the Farmer’s market and I am loving the spaghetti picture the most.

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes
    [email protected]'s Recipes
    May 4, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    A fun day with friends! The pasta with roasted carrots looks fabulous.

  • sarah
    May 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Gorgeous post! I love those carrots. What a delicious dinner.

  • sally
    May 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    What an interesting dish! I love the combo of roasted carrots and garlic pasta. Your photos of SF are great too!

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    May 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Sounds like such a lovely day, and delightful pasta dish 🙂

  • Alya
    May 29, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    I think I’m making this tonight! Simlpe but nuanced steps, and delicious combination of ingredients. Nicely done! And gosh, your photos make me miss SF so much!

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