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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

Pesto

Wanted to make Pesto Pasta with homemade Pesto. As always Google helped me to find some Pesto recipes based on basil. With few additional ingredients from my kitchen, here is my version of Pesto.

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Pesto:

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 3 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Dip/Side

Ingredients:

Fresh basil leaves – 1 cup (packed into measuring cup)

Baby spinach – 1/2 cup

Frozen Peas – 1/4 cup

Garlic – 2 cloves, peeled and sliced

Extra-virgin olive oil – 4 tbsp

pine nuts – 3 tbsp

Walnut – 3 tbsp

Cheddar and Mozzarella Grated – 1/4 cup (Parmesan is recommended. As we don’t eat Parmesan I opted for cheddar and mozzarella)

Kosher salt – as needed

Fresh ground black pepper – as needed

Method:

  • Wash basil leaves and baby spinach. Microwave frozen peas for 2 mins. Microwave pine nuts for 1 min or you can even roast it.  Put basil leaves, baby spinach, peas and  garlic into a blender/food processor until basil and garlic are finely chopped

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  • Add pine nuts, walnuts, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses to the basil mixture and process for 1-2 minutes, until the pesto is well mixed. (I like to keep it finely pureed, but you can make it chunky as well)
  • Season with salt to taste. Add fresh ground black pepper and pulse a few times more