Cheese and Broccoli Pasta in white sauce

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White Pastas – my son’s favorite!! I always try and make different varieties of the same dish. Recently, while shopping at the supermarket, I saw this Easy-to-Cook Broccoli and Cheese Pasta. And ta-da that gave me the idea to try it on my own and make a fresh version without any preservatives.

Before trying out anything new, it has become a habit to search online for some tips, ideas, recipes. After doing my research on Cheese and Broccoli pasta on bbcgoodfood.com and about.com, I decided to go with the stove-top version. I collected all required ingredients and made this yesterday. It came out really well.

It’s a nutritious meal so in case you want to add broccoli into your kid’s diet, try this. I am sure he/she will enjoy this, just like my son did. So, without wasting any time further, let’s get to the recipe.

I hope you will love making this as much as I did and let me know how it turned out for you.

Serves: 2 people

Ingredients –

150 grams durum wheat pasta (penne, fussili or conchigelle)
2 cups broccoli florets
Water
1 tea-spoon oil
1 tea-spoon salt

For the sauce –
2 teaspoons butter + 2 tablespoons oil
2 garlic cloves – peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons Maida / all-purpose flour
2 cups milk (you can use any milk – normal fat or semi-skimmed)
2 tablespoons cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon white pepper powder
Salt to taste

Preparing the pasta –1. Heat water in a pan, add oil and salt, bring it to boil.
2. Add pasta to it.
3. Add broccoli pieces and let cook
[I prefer to cook Pasta till soft, you cook it till al-dente if that’s your preference].
4. Once it gets soft, take it off the stove and drain the water.
5. Toss it under cold water. And set aside.

Preparing the white sauce –

1. Heat a heavy bottomed pan, add butter and oil.
2. Add chopped garlic pieces and fry till they become soft
3. Add the Maida and stir till it becomes a frothy solution.
4. Once it becomes frothy without lumps, add milk and let it boil.
5. Once the milk starts boiling, add grated cheese.
6. Once milk gets thick, add pasta with broccoli pieces, sprinkle white pepper and salt to taste. Stir it evenly such that pasta pieces get coated with the sauce.
7. Once it’s done, take off the stove. Serve it on a plate.

Enjoy as your meal is ready!!

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Pasta in white spinach sauce

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My son enjoys eating pasta and experimenting with plastic spoons and forks sitting on his highchair. He particularly likes this white pasta compared to tomato, vegetable, or paneer pasta.

Before my kid was born, we used to enjoy pasta with shop bought pasta sauce but with him eating now, I try to make everything from scratch to make it healthier. The only thing I haven’t tried is making pasta from scratch. For now, I just use the shop brought ones.

Every now and then I make this at my home. The original recipe involves use of cheese and full cream for richness. But to avoid making it very fattening, I replace cream and cheese with milk. I have found that milk gives the same taste with lesser fat.

I hope you will love this as much as I did and let me know how it turned out for you.

Ingredients –

Cooking pasta –
200 gms durum wheat pasta ( penne or fusili )
Water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oil

For the sauce
1 tbsp butter + 1 tbsp oil
4 garlic cloves finely chopped
2 tbsp maida
3 cups milk ( you can use –either  warm milk or cold milk directly from the fridge)
2 cups spinach chopped finely
1 tsp black pepper powder
Salt to taste

Method –

Cooking pasta –

1. Take a heavy bottomed pan, add water with salt and oil and let it boil.

2. Once water starts boiling, add pasta to it and cook till it becomes soft.

(I cook it till it becomes soft and opposed to al dente to allow my son to easily eat and digest the pasta)

3. Once it’s soft, take off the stove, drain the water and toss the cooked pasta under cold running water. Set aside.

Preparation of white sauce –

1. Heat a heavy bottomed pan. Add butter and oil and let it turn hot.

2. Once it’s hot, add garlic and let it roast a little.

3. To this, add maida and give it a stir, you will notice a frothy solution – keep it stirring, otherwise lumps will start forming.

4. To this add milk and let it boil with good bubbles.

5. Once it is boiling, add chopped spinach and cook in the milk.

6. Once the spinach wilts and cooks, add black pepper powder and adjust salt.

7. Finally toss in the cooked pasta and stir it in.

8. Take off the stove and serve immediately.

It is best enjoyed when served hot. The crunchiness of garlic, richness of milk, fusion of butter-oil-milk-spinach, will give it a creamy texture.

Enjoy as your “meal is ready!!”