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White Sauce Vegetable Pasta

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As I had mentioned in Pesto Pasta, White sauce pasta is my all time favorite. Whenever we go to Italian restaurant, we will usually order White sauce pasta. First time I had white sauce pasta in a restaurant called “Little Italy” in India. I was so addicted to this Creamy pasta. One of my friends told me the recipe for white sauce. After hearing that, I was surprised that 3 ingredients – butter, all purpose flour and milk making that wonder. Here is my version of white sauce pasta.

White Sauce Vegetable Pasta

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 40 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Entree

Ingredients:

Rotini Pasta – 1 box (340 grams) I used 100 % Whole wheat pasta

Zucchini – 1

broccoli – 1

Black Olives – 1/4 cup pitted

Bell pepper – 1 , thinly sliced

Spring Onion – 4 strings

Garlic – 2 pods, peeled and minced

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

Grated mozzarella and cheddar – 1/4 cup (Parmesan is preferred, but we don’t eat that)

Butter – 2 tbsp

All purpose flour – 2 tbsp

Milk – 2 cup + 1/2 cup

Heavy Cream – 2 tbsp (optional)

Garlic powder – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Salt – as needed

Italian seasoning/ oregeno- 1 tsp (I used Italian seasoning)

Ground black pepper – as needed (According to your spice level)

Water – as needed

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Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit
  • In a large Saucepan, add water and salt, and let the water come to a boil while you prepare other ingredients
  • Place Zucchini, bell pepper and broccoli in a oven tray, cook it for 10  – 15 minutes
  • As soon as the water comes to a boil, add the pasta, stir and reduce heat to medium. Cook pasta as per the instruction given on the package and drain the water
  • Add olive oil and butter in a frying pan. When it is hot, add the minced garlic, and saute for one minute. Then add spring onion and saute. Add all purpose flour and after a quick stir, add milk and whisk well to avoid lumps

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  • When it thickens after 2-3 minutes, add cooked zucchini, bell pepper and broccoli and gently stir to combine. Add Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper

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  • Add the drained pasta to the sauce and gently mix together and add heavy cream.  Add grated cheese and switch off.  Serve hot

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My Notes:

  • Instead of preparing white sauce at home, you can also buy it from store
  • Instead of baking vegetable you can also sauté them directly
  • Add any veggies of your choice. Eggplant, peas, corn, spinach, cabbage etc can also be added
  • I have used Rotini instead  penne or any variety of pasta can be used
  • Instead of spring onion regular onion can also be used
  • If you think the pasta is dry, add 2 tbsp of milk/heavy cream while serving

Cracked Wheat Pulao

In our home we prefer avoiding rice for dinner, so at least once a week cracked wheat dish will be in my routine menu. My Amma used to make cracked wheat pongal. Inspired by that, I wanted to do something different instead of the usual upma. I had a few veggies at home, so tried this recipe. Cracked wheat pulao is great for breakfast too

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Cracked Wheat Pulao:

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 4

Recipe Category: Entree

Ingredients:

Cracked Wheat/Dalia/Bulgar – 1 cup  + 1/4 cup

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Carrot – 2 finely chopped

Beans – 10 finely chopped

Potato – 2 finely chopped

Frozen peas – 1/6 cup

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Coriander Powder – 1 tsp

Cumin Powder  1/2 tsp

Water – 2 cups + 1/2 cup

Coriander leaves  – a handful (optional)

Garam masala – 1 tsp

Cardamom pods – 2

Cinnamon – 1/8 stick

Cloves – 1

Bay leaves – 1

Fennel seeds – 1/8 tsp

salt – as needed

Oil / ghee – 1 tbsp

Method:

  • Add oil/ ghee to frying pan and add whole spices. Add and saute onion with ginger-garlic paste. When the onions turn translucent, add vegetables and saute till vegetables are cooked

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  • Add  garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, cracked wheat and salt. Let it cook for 2-3 min

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  • Add 2 1/2 cups of water and 1 drop of oil/ghee ( My Amma tells me that adding oil/ghee at this stage enhances the consistency of pulao). After the ingredients are cooked, take off the heat. Serve hot with any Raita

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Check my other cracked wheat recipes

Cracked Wheat and Oats Kozhukattai

Cracked wheat pongal

Cracked wheat savory cake

Cracked wheat oats Dhokla

Cracked wheat rava idli