White sauce pasta is one of the easiest pasta recipes that you can make. It is also one of the most popular pasta recipes. You can make the classic white sauce pasta or make it more colorful and nutritious by adding some vegetables.
White sauce pasta is simply cooked pasta mixed with a silky smooth & decadent white sauce made of milk, butter and flour. White sauce also known as Bechamel sauce has its origin from the Italian & French Cuisines. In classic culinary terms, this is what is known as a mother sauce.
key ingredients to add in white sauce pasta to enhance its taste Are:
1.Chesse:Cheese and dairy give sauces creaminess while butter and oil give them richness Whole Milk or Heavy Cream: Add a splash and let the sauce simmer for a few minutes to thicken. Hard Cheeses: A half cup of grated parmesan, pecorino, or other hard cheese adds a deep savory note to the sauce.
2.Oregano:The perfect burst of flavour to your homemade pasta sauce with Oregano+ essential oil food flavouring! With a brighter flavour than dried herbs, Oregano+ essential oil adds a sweet, peppery flavour to your dish and is sure to become a kitchen staple you’ll never want to be without.
3.Veggies:Adding different kinds of sauted veggies to your pasta not only makes it tastes better but also nutritional and healthy and enhances its taste.
About this recipe
White Sauce Pasta is an easy-to-make recipe of cooked pasta in a delicious white sauce – also known as Béchamel sauce. Simply prepare the white sauce – a mixture of butter, milk, flour and spices and pour it over your cooked pasta.
This popular dish is vegetarian and can be served as a snack or light dinner. Make it more hearty and nutritious by adding some mixed vegetables.
When preparing pasta recipes, whole wheat pasta is always a great healthy choice. I have used whole wheat penne in this recipe, however, you can use any pasta you prefer, including different varieties like macaroni, rigatoni or farfalle.
Adding mixed veggies to this classic pasta dish is a great way to have your family some veggies along with their pasta. These vegetables can be steamed, cooked, sautéed or roasted.
You will find below, in the step by step photos, the best time to add your mixed vegetables.
Some vegetables that go great with this recipe are carrots, green peas, beans, cauliflower, peppers (capsicum), sweet corn, broccoli, zucchini or baby corn.
Serve white sauce pasta as a snack or a light dinner.
How to make white sauce pasta
A) Preparing white sauce
1. Heat a saucepan. Keep the flame to a low and add 2 tablespoons butter. You can use salted or unsalted butter.
2. When the butter melts and starts to bubble, then add 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour or 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour.
3. Using a wired whisk, stir the flour quickly as soon as you add it. Keep on stirring so that no lumps are formed. The frequent stirring helps the flour to cook evenly.
You will see the flour frothing and bubbling up while stirring. Sauté it until you get a nice cooked aroma and the flour is a pale golden color. Don’t brown the flour.
8. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the seasonings – ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder, a generous pinch of nutmeg powder or grated nutmeg and salt as required.
For a cheese sauce, you can add 2 tablespoons of grated cheddar cheese.
9. Mix very well and set aside. Keep in mind that the sauce will thicken as it cools, so keep the consistency accordingly
10. Boil 4 cups water with ½ teaspoon sa
lt in a pan.11. When the water comes to a boil, add 1 cup penne pasta.
12. Cook the pasta on a medium to high flame.
13. When the pasta gets done to an al dente texture switch off the flame. For a more softer texture, cook the pasta a little longer, Strain the pasta with a strainer spoon.
14. Then add pasta to the white sauce.
15. Add ¼ teaspoon each of dried oregano, dried basil and dried thyme. Or add your choice of herbs. At this step you can add some steamed, cooked, sautéed or roasted veggies if you’d like.
16. Mix very well.
17. Serve white sauce pasta garnished with some fresh herbs like parsley, chives or dill. You can also garnish with some grated cheddar cheese.
- Stirring and mixing flour: After you add the flour, you need to keep on stirring often so that lumps are not formed. Frequently stirring the flour also cooks the flour evenly. You will notice the flour frothing and bubbling when you sauté it. You have to sauté flour until you get a nice nutty aroma and the flour gets a pale golden color.
- White sauce free of lumps: To make a lump-free sauce, use cold milk. Hot, warm or milk at room temperature may cause lumps in the sauce.
- Checking doneness of white sauce: When you see that the sauce coats the back of the spoon, it has thickened well.
- For a cheese sauce: Add 2 tablespoons of freshly grated cheddar cheese for a cheesy white sauce. You can add 1 tablespoon of grated vegetarian parmesan cheese.
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