Pasta Upma Recipe | Easy Breakfast Recipes

This pasta upma is the South Indian version of the Popular Italian Pasta. Its quick to cook and makes a filling breakfast or an evening tiffin when the kids return home from school. Pasta is the new found love of my kids and I’m slowly trying out new recipes using pasta that are not only easy but also quite filling. Basically I’m the upma lover at home and the others do not like it very much. Though they do not complain when I make upma, you can see the lack of enthusiasm while they are eating.

This is a fusion-ised take on the regular upma. Now it has become the most favorite breakfast recipes of my kids and I also pack this for their snack box for break on their request. Though the tomato sauce is usually not added to the upma, somehow pasta and tomato are inseparable in my books, so I added tomato sauce to make it a bit tangier and the pasta alone will taste quite bland if eaten after sometime.


Pasta Upma Recipe

Prep time: 10 mins  |  Cook time: 20 mins  |  Serves: 2
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast



  • Macaroni Pasta – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1
  • Tomato sauce – 1 tbsp
  • Ginger – 1/ inch piece
  • Green chilies – 2
  • Dry Whole Red chilies -2 
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 1 tsp


  1. Heat a large,wide saucepan with 6 cups water. Add 2 pinch salt, 3 drops oil and bring it to a boil. Add the macaroni pasta and cook till Al dente or or till soft according to your preference. Drain the cooked pasta into a colander and pour cold water on it to stop the pasta from cooking further. Keep aside for the excess water to drain completely.
  2. Chop the onion, ginger and green chili finely and keep aside.
  3. Heat a pan with oil. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add urad dal, broken dry red chilies and roast till golden brown for a few seconds.
  4. Add chopped onion, ginger, green chili and curry leaves and cook for 2-3 mins over low flame till the onions become translucent.
  5. Add tomato sauce, salt and cook for 1 more minute.
  6. Add cooked pasta and cook for 1-2 minutes by tossing well so that the pasta gets coated well.
  7. Serve piping hot.



  1. You can also skip the tomato sauce and instead add 1 tsp lemon juice after switching off the stove, toss well and serve.
  2. You can use any variety of pasta.
  3. Adjust the quantity of chilies according to your spice level.

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