Pasta in white sauce is my favorite lunch at work- I have it when I want to pamper myself. Having said that, it is Arnav’s and Charit’s favorite too. I always feel guilty when I have something that Arnav loves and he is not around to enjoy it- he loves his food and is always open to trying new things- which is a blessing!
I remember when I was in hostel my Mom used to say this, “We made custard pudding and missed you.” I did not understand it as much as I do it now! A Mom is a Mom is a MOM!
So I cook this white sauce pasta often at home and it is always a hit with my little Arnavi and Charit. You can always change the vegetable mix that goes with it- add garlic if you like the flavor, chicken sausages too- suit yourself! Use a lot of veggies – broccoli, mushrooms…corn!
Warning- Calorie Count not allowed!
Ingredients (Serves 4)
Pasta (of your choice) – 250 gms
Oil- ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp
Butter- 1 Tbsp
All Purpose Flour (Maida) or Corn flour- 1Tbsp
1 Big Onion- Sliced into Thin Long wedges
1 Carrot- Sliced into Thin Long wedges
6-7 Beans- Sliced into Thin Long wedges
Green Peas- 1Tbsp
White Cream- 1.5 Cups or more as desired
1 Cheese Cube grated
Salt to taste
Oregano for seasoning/Pepper to taste
Red Chili Flakes – optional (I don’t add pepper and red chili flakes)
Boil the pasta as per the packet directions- add a pinch of salt and half tbsp oil to the water while boiling. Once the pasta is boiled- drain the hot water and run the pasta under cold water.
Heat the butter in a Sauce Pan. If you wish to add garlic paste, add now and stir for a couple of minutes. Add the Maida/flour and stir. Stir the Maida/Flour only for a minute and now add milk to this- stir continuously so that no lumps are formed. Once it boils, add Salt, Oregano/Pepper and red chili flakes. Let the mixture thicken, add white cream and bring this mixture to boil. Add grated Cheese and stir. Take it off the heat. The Sauce is ready.
Take a little oil in the Sauce Pan and add onions, sir and let them turn golden brown. Add carrot, and beans, peas and other veggies. Stir and cover the lid for five minutes. Add salt as per taste. Take the veggies off the heat once they are cooked. Don’t overcook the veggies – you will like them slightly crunchy in Pasta.
Veggies like Carrot, peas can be boiled with the pasta too.
Now place the sauce on heat and add cook veggies and pasta to it. Stir mix gently- add more cream/cheese to garnish and serve hot with a soup of your choice!