Saturday, 30 November 2013

Pasta with White Sauce

Pasta with White Sauce

I love Pasta. I rarely make it with white sauce, I usually make Pasta - Fatafat style. But this time, I decided to make multiple layers with white sauce and bake it. So I made a bed of potatoes, then a bed of mushroom and Broccoli, then the pasta and the white sauce. SO I am going to write the recipes layer by layer.

Based on your taste and time, you can make all layers or just make couple of layers and enjoy. If you do not have a OTG, you need not bake it, you can just leave it on low flame on the stove top.


Pasta - 2 Cups (Pasta of your choice, cooked as per instructions in the packet till it is Al Dente)
Potatoes - 2 (Skin peeled and Sliced)
Broccoli - 1 (Large Floret)
Tomato Puree - 1/2 Cup
Garlic - 15 Pods
Button Mushroom - 10 Nos
Maida - 1/4 Cup
Unsalted Butter - 1/4 Cup
GarlicPowder - 1/4 Teaspoon
Milk - 1/2 Cup
Black pepper powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Red Chilly Flakes - 3 Tablespoon or to taste
Italian Seasoning Mix - 2 Tablespoon (Available readily in supermarket) or else use any dry herbs like Oregano,Thyme,Rosemary etc
Cheese - As per your choice (I used Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese)
Olive Oil and Salt


First Layer - Potatoes
In a Pan, add some olive oil. Once it s warm, place the Potatoes slices on the pan. Cook till it is done and then flip it again. Season it with Red Chilli flakes, Italian herbs and Garlic powder.

Second Layer - Mushroom
In the pan, add some olive oil to this add about 4-5 crushed garlic, tomato puree and cook well. Then add some red chilli flakes,salt, Italian seasoning and saute. To this add the mushrooms and cook for 5- 8 minutes and keep it aside.

Third Layer - Broccoli
In a pan, add some olive oil and 2 crushed garlic and add the Broccoli and saute for 3-5 minutes or till it is cooked. Season it with chilli flakes, Italian seasoning and salt.

Final Layer - Basic White Sauce 

In a pan add the butter and once it starts to melt add the Maida and roast for 5-8 minutes or till the raw flavour of the maida leaves. Now, remove it from flame and allow it o cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, boil the milk.

Once the Maida - Butter mixture (it is called as Roux) is at room temperature, slowly add the warm milk and mix. Add the milk little by little to Roux and mix. I generally use whisk to make the mixture. Mix till it becomes a smooth mixture.

Now place this on the stove on a low to medium flame and cook it. We will know it is done when the mixture nicely coats the back of the wooden spoon. It will be of Dosa Batter consistency.

You can make this White Sauce in advance and store it in refrigerator.

To this add Black pepper powder, Chilli flakes, Italian Seasoning and salt.

Now take a baking tray and smear some olive oil on it. First place the potato slices, then add the
Mushroom layer and spread it nicely, then place the Broccoli on them , then add the cooked Pasta and finally pour the White sauce.On top of it spread some grated cheese.

I added grated cheese, Italian seasoning between each layer , this step is optional.

I baked this layered Pasta at 180C for 20 minutes , this step is completely optional. I did it to melt the cheese. If your ingredients are even slightly warm the cheese will melt.


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