White Sauce Pasta Recipe

White Sauce Pasta is a delicious pasta dish cooked in a creamy milk based sauce along with sautéed colorful vegetables, flavored with aromatic spices and herbs. It is one of the easiest that one can make and also one of the most popular pasta recipes.

Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine. This Italian delicacy can be quickly prepared at the comfort of your home, without putting in much efforts and is as delicious as the restaurant version of the dish. 

White sauce pasta is a lusciously rich & mouthwatering dish that kids love to eat. It is also extremely simple to make and takes only 15-17 minutes.

#Serving Suggestion:  Serve white pasta sauce as a snack or a light dinner.

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WHITE SAUCE PASTA RECIPE

White Sauce Pasta is a perfect medley of aromatic flavors, colorful vegetables, and creamy pasta. 
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine International
Keyword white sauce pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Achala

Ingredients

for cooking pasta:

  • 1 cup Penne pasta or any pasta
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt

for sauteing veggies:

  • 2 tbsp carrot finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp capsicum(bell pepper) finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp sweet corn boiled
  • 1 tsp butter

for white sauce:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour (maida)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp cheese (skip if you do not prefer)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • Salt as needed

for garnish:

  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes

Instructions

boiling the pasta:

  • Collect all the required ingredients.
  • Boil raw pasta according to the instructions given on the package or follow following instructions. Take 4 cups water in a deep saucepan, bring it to boil over medium flame.
  • When the water begins to boil rapidly then add 1 cup penne pasta and 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Cook the pasta on a medium to high flame.
  • Boil them until cook al-dente i.e cooked so as to be still firm when bitten. It will take around 10-12 minutes.
  • To check whether pasta is cooked or not, take one pasta in a fork and bite it. If it is a little firm to bite, it is cooked. If it is too hard to bite, it requires more cooking.
  • When the pasta gets done to an al dente texture, switch off the flame. for a softer texture, you can cook the pasta more if required.
  • With a strainer spoon, strain the pasta.
  • Set it aside.

sauteing the veggies:

  • Heat 1 tsp butter in a pan.
  • Add sweet corn, capsicum, and carrot.
  • Stir and cook until veggies are little cooked but still crunchy, for around 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
  • Turn off the flame and transfer them to a plate.

making white sauce:

  • Set the flame to low. Heat butter in the same pan or kadai.
  • When the butter melts and starts to bubble, then add all-purpose flour.
  • 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 the flour till you get a nice cooked aroma from the flour and a pale golden color. Make sure the color of the flour doesn’t change.
  • Keep the flame to the lowest and then pour 1 cup milk in a gentle stream. Pour the milk with one hand and stir the sauce mixture with the other while stirring continuously with a whisk.
  • Do stir frequently while the milk warms and heats up.
  • On a low flame, cook this until the sauce turns slightly thick. It will take around 3-4 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the pan
  • Then add the seasonings-black pepper powder, salt as needed, oregano and chilli flakes.
  • Add cheese if using. I used cheese spread here, you can also use grated cheddar cheese also.
  • Gently stir until the mixture reaches a thick sauce consistency and the cheese blends well.
  • When the mixture starts to coat the back of a spoon as shown in the picture here, it means that it has started to thicken.

making white sauce pasta:

  • When the sauce has thickened well and coats the back of a spoon, add sauteed vegetables and cooked pasta.
  • Mix well to coat the pasta with the creamy sauce.
  • Turn off the flame and transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Sprinkle red chili flakes and serve white sauce pasta while they are still hot immediately.

How To Make White Sauce Pasta (Step By Step Instructions With Photos) :

boiling the pasta:

1.Collect all the required ingredients.

2. Boil raw pasta according to the instructions given on the package or follow following instructions. Take 4 cups water in a deep saucepan, bring it to boil over medium flame.

3. When the water begins to boil rapidly then add 1 cup penne pasta and 1/2 tsp salt.

4. Cook the pasta on a medium to high flame.

5. Boil them until cook al-dente i.e cooked so as to be still firm when bitten. It will take around 10-12 minutes.

6. To check whether pasta is cooked or not, take one pasta in a fork and bite it. If it is a little firm to bite, it is cooked. If it is too hard to bite, it requires more cooking.

7. When the pasta gets done to an al dente texture, switch off the flame. for a softer texture, you can cook the pasta more if required.

8. With a strainer spoon, strain the pasta.

9. Set it aside.

sauteing the veggies:

1.Heat 1 tsp butter in a pan.

2. Add sweet corn, capsicum and carrot.

3. Stir and cook until veggies are little cooked but still crunchy, for around 2-3 minutes on medium flame.

4. Turn off the flame and transfer them to a plate.

making white sauce:

1.Set the flame to low. Heat butter in the same pan or kadai.

2. When the butter melts and starts to bubble, then add all-purpose flour.

3. Stir the flour quickly as soon as you add it. Keep on stirring so that no lumps are formed.

4. The frequent stirring helps the flour to cook evenly. You will see the flour frothing and bubbling up while stirring. Sauté the flour till you get a nice cooked aroma from the flour and a pale golden color. Make sure the color of the flour doesn’t change.

5. Keep the flame to the lowest and then pour 1 cup milk in a gentle stream. Pour the milk with one hand and stir the sauce mixture with the other while stirring continuously with a whisk.

6. Do stir frequently while the milk warms and heats up.

7. On a low flame, cook this until the sauce turns slightly thick. It will take around 3-4 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the pan

8. Then add the seasonings-black pepper powder, salt as needed, oregano and chilli flakes.

9. Add cheese if using. I used cheese spread here, you can also use grated cheddar cheese also.

10. Gently stir until the mixture reaches a thick sauce consistency and the cheese blends well.

11. When the mixture starts to coat the back of a spoon as shown in the picture here, it means that it has started to thicken.

making white sauce pasta:

1.When the sauce has thickened well and coats the back of a spoon, add sauteed vegetables and cooked pasta.

2. Mix well to coat the pasta with the creamy sauce.

3. Turn off the flame and transfer to a serving bowl.

4. Sprinkle red chili flakes and serve white sauce pasta while they are still hot immediately.

Recipe Notes :

  • You can also use frozen mix veggies like broccoli, peas, mushroom, and sweet corn.
  • You can also add more butter than mentioned in the recipe.
  • White Pasta Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools down. So serve and enjoy pasta while they are still hot.
  • You can make use of any kind of pasta like macaroni, rotini or tortiglioni.
  • Do not add oil while cooking pasta as they will turn silky and not get a coat with sauce.
  • Use veggies of your choice. Sweet corn, button mushrooms, french beans, onion etc. (total 1 cup chopped veggies) are excellent for creamy white pasta.
  • Before using leftover pasta, re-heat them with 1/4 cup milk or water to make the sauce thinner.

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