white sauce pasta

white sauce pasta recipe (Italian)

Pasta in white sauce with a garlic bread for white sauce pasta recipe

Pasta is  traditionally a Italian dish and one of  world's most accessible food. Nearly every country has its own popular version of this inexpensive staple.
Pasta can be made using different types of Sauces. And white sauce is the most popular and prefer sauce to make a pasta at home.

It is the easiest pasta recipe that you can made  with butter, flour and milk, which are easily available in your kitchen.

This pasta is a traditional Italian white sauce pasta recipe where the white sauce is made with step by step method.

This Pasta is  popular to kids for its creamy texture. You can add some vegetables  for the nutritional supplements of your kids in this pasta.
Pasta can be used as a light meal, you can prepare it for your children"s tiffin box as well.

White sauce known as Bechamel sauce is used to prepare different types of pasta. Like 
  •  Using lots of processed cheese in white sauce, you can make Pasta Alfredo.
  • Adding some boiled chicken, you can make white sauce chicken pasta.
  •  Adding exotic vegetables , you can make White sauce vegetable pasta.
  • Add lots of cream to make creamy white sauce pasta.
 Steps to make the recipe

For makig standard Italian white sauce 

The basic white sauce, also known as bechamel , is not only used in a variety of dishes but also is the base for many other sauces.
To make standard bechamel or white sauce,  follow a  standard ratio for butter , flour and milk.

The ration is 1 : 1 : 10.

Where   1 = Butter
               1 = Flour
            10 = Milk

If you  take 10 gm butter for white sauce recipe  then you need to add 10 gm four and 100 gm milk.
You can increase it according to the ratio given above to make any amount of white sauce. I have taken 100 gm butter, 100 gm flour and 1 litre Milk . So you can make more white sauce  in a single preparation and refrigerate to use later.

First take a non stick pan and  melt  butter in low flame. Add the flour and stir continuously for 1 minute till the flour smell goes off.

Melted butter for white sauce recipe

All purpose flour in melted butter for pasta in white sauce recipe

Don't over cook or brown the flour mixture, keep it white in colour.  Remove from the pan and keep aside in bowl to cool down. This mixture is called Roux.

Roux for pasta in white sauce recipe

Next make studded onion using bay leaf and cloves. This will make the sauce more flavourful.

Studded onion for pasta in white sauce recipe

Take a pod and heat the milk with the studded onion . When the milk start to boil , switch off the flame.

Studded onion in milk for pasta in white sauce recipe

Add the above prepared Roux to the milk slowly and stir continuously with a whisk till a smooth thick  paste formed. Don't let to form any lumbs in the milk paste.

Roux mixing with hot milk for white sauce pasta recipe

Strain the sauce using a conical strainer and keep aside in a container or bowl. Add some crush nutmeg powder in the sauce.

Straining white sauce for pasta in white sauce recipe

Topped the sauce with melted  butter .This is called butter bath. It will restrict to form any layer on the top of the sauce.

White sauce top layered with melted butter for pasta white sauce recipe
 
 This is the standard method for making white sauce.

Boiling pasta

Take a medium large pot,add water and little salt. Bring it to boil. When the water start to boil, add the pasta and cook for 6-7 minutes till it get cooked.

Pasta cooking in boiling water for pasta in white sauce recipe

Stain the pasta using a strainer and quickly cool  down under running water. Otherwise the cooking process of the pasta will continue and our pasta will become soggy.  Mix 1/2 teaspoon of cooking oil with the pastas to prevent them getting stuck with each other.

Making pasta  

Now heat olive oil in a non stick pan and saute garlic till light brown. Add vegetables if using and saute for one minute.

Saute garlic in olive oil for pasta in white sauce recipe

Add the prepared white sauce according to your need and saute for one more minute. Add the boiled pasta. Further saute it for 1/2 a minute.

Cooking white sauce for pasta in white sauce recipe

Add salt , black pepper powder and oregano to the pasta. Check the seasoning, if required add more to the pasta.

Salt, pepper and oregano adding in white sauce for pasta in white sauce recipe

Cooking penne pasta for pasta in white sauce recipe

Remove the pasta in a plate and garnish with black olive and basil leave. Topped the pasta with grated parmesan cheese and sprinkle some fresh chopped parsley. 

Creamy white sauce pasta 

you can add some fresh cream after adding the salt, pepper and herbs to make the above pasta creamy. 

white sauce pasta with cheese 

when we add some grated processed cheese in the sauce while making white sauce pasta then the resulting pasta is called pasta Alfredo. Generally when we serve a pasta we used grated Parmesan cheese to top the pasta.


White sauce pasta with vegetable 

You can add different types of vegetables to this pasta recipe and make it more nutritional.

As our kids loves pasta  very much, we  are adding few nutritious vegetables that can boost their health. I love to add some exotic vegetables like mushrooms, broccoli and bell peppers  and American corn.  Zucchini  also add a nice flavours to the pasta.

Exotic vegetables for white sauce vegetable pasta recipe

You can add carrot , french beans and green peas to make pasta more healthy.

Cut the vegetables into small pieces .But I prefer a diamond shaped vegetables in pasta as they look beautiful with penne pasta. Boil water in a pod and blanch them with little salt. Don't over cook the vegetables either they will become meshy while cooking with pasta. You can tossed these boiled vegetables in olive oil with salt , pepper and herbs for some extra flavour.

Take a pan, heat olive oil and saute garlic till raw smell goes off. Add the vegetables and saute for one minute.

Sauteing exotic vegetables with garlic for White sauce vegetable pasta recipe

Add the prepared  white sauce and mix. Cook them for one more minute. Then add black pepper powder, herbs like oregano and salt. And cooked them in slow flame. Add the boiled penne pasta in the sauce. Further cook for a minute.

Cooking exotic vegetables with white sauce for white sauce vegetable pasta recipe

Cooking penne pasta with exotic vegetables for white sauce vegetable pasta recipe

If the white sauce become dry, add little milk .Remove in a plate and garnish with chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.
Serve white sauce vegetable pasta  with a garlic bread .

Pasta in white sauce with garlic bread


White sauce pasta with chicken

 You can make your pasta a complete full meal by adding boneless chicken pieces to it. Chicken can add more protein and nutritions to your pasta for a complete diet.

 To make white sauce chicken pasta, you need to boil chicken pieces.You can either use a leg boneless or chicken breast.

Cut the chicken breast into small cubes and boil them in water, adding small pinch of salt.

Boiled chicken pieces for white sauce chicken pasta recipe

After sauteeing the garlic, add the chicken pieces and saute for one more minute.
Add the prepared white sauce and pasta and cook for one more minute. Add salt, pepper and oregano and cook further.
Remove and serve hot with a garlic bread.

White sauce chicken pasta recipe with garlic bread

Today we are preparing an authentic white sauce pasta recipe with a Italian style flavours.

White sauce pasta

Serving pasta in white sauce with garlic bread for white sauce pasta recipe

White sauce ( bechamel sauce) is a creamy sauce made with butter, flour and milk. Boiled pasta are simmered with this sauce seasoning salt, pepper and herbs. You can add different vegetables and chicken pieces as well to make it more nutritious. Serve this with a garlic bread.
Prep time          cooking time         serving
15 min               10 min                          1
Author                    Mobasir hassan
Ingredients 

For pasta
  •  1 cup Penne pasta ( or any pasta )
  •  4 cup water to boil pasta
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
For white sauce 
  •  100 gm butter
  •  100 gm all purpose flour (Maida)
  •  1000 ml milk
  •  1 medium size onion
  •  3 - 4  cloves
  •  1 - 2 Bay leaves.
  •  Small pinch of Nut meg powder
For white sauce pasta
  •  1/3 teaspoon oregano
  •  1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder crushed
  •  1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  •  1/3 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt as per taste.
   To garnish the pasta
  •  1/3 teaspoon chopped parsley
  •  1/2 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
  •  1 black olive
  •  1 Basil leaves
   How to make the recipe

   Preparation
  1. Take a medium large pot and boil 4 cup water with a small pinch of salt.
  2. When the water start to boil add the  pasta and cook for 6 - 7 minutes. It should be in al dente texture.
  3. Stain the pasta and quickly cool down under running water. Mix 1/2 teaspoon oil with them to prevent getting stick to each other.

   Making white sauce

  1. To make a standard white sauce or bechamel sauce take butter, flour and milk in 1 : 1 : 10 ratio.
  2. Heat a pan and melt 100 gm butter in slow flame. Add 100 gm flour and stir  continuously for 1 minute. Don't over cook or brown the flour. Keep it in white color.
  3. Remove it from the pan and let cool down. This mixture is called Roux.
  4. Make studded onion by piercing the cloves with bay leafs as shown below.
  5. Now heat 1 litre milk in a pod with the studded onion.n
  6. When the milk start to boil switch off  the gas flame.
  7. Now add the prepared Roux into the  milk slowly and stir continuously with a whisk. Don't let to form any lumbs.
  8. Stain the sauce in a container and add the crushed Nut meg. Topped the sauce with melted butter to prevent to form any layer on the top of the sauce.

   Making pasta in white sauce

  1. Heat olive oil in a non stick pan and saute the chopped garlic till light  brown.
  2. If using vegetables then add them and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Now add white sauce according to your needs and cook for 1 minute. Then add the boiled pasta and mix nicely with the sauce.
  4. Add salt, crush black pepper powder and oregano and stir the pasta for a minute.
  5. Remove the pasta in a serving plate and garnish with black olive and basil leaves.
  6. Topped the pasta with grated Parmesan cheese and sprinkle some chopped parsley.e
  7. Serve  penne in white sauce pasta with  a garlic bread.
                    Nutritional value
                    (serving size 1 plate)
  • Calories :- 339
  • Fats :- 10 gm 
  • Protein :- 16 gm
  • Carbohydrate : 44 g
                    SERVING TIPS

• White sauce Pasta can be served with garlic bread. You can also take french fries with pasta.
• Some leafy green vegetable salad with pasta make a perfect meal.

                   RECIPE NOTES

• After boiling the pasta, it is important to cool them down immediately to restrict further cooking.
• If you want to make a creamy white sauce pasta then add fresh cream after adding the pasta.
• Don't use more then one herbs, oregano is good for a veg white sauce pasta recipe.
• Thyme is generally used in a non vegetarian pasta dishes with red sauce.
• You can store the white sauce for 2-3 days in a fridge for later use .
• You can skip to use the studded onion while making the white sauce. But to get the authentic Italian taste, it is necessary.
• In an authentic Italian white sauce pasta recipe, there is no use of chilly flakes in white sauce pasta.
• So it depends upon you to use it or not, after all we are preparing a white creamy pasta.
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