Monday, 8 April 2013

Farfalle Pasta in White Sauce

Farfalle means butterfly in Italian language and it is most suitable name for this pasta owing to its beautiful shape.We all love pastas and I make it a point to prepare it atleast once in a month during dinner.This dish is very simple and a delicious way to eat your veggies too. 
You can substitute maida with wheat flour which I normally do. Even basil leaves can be alternated with oregano or thyme or parsley whichever I am having in my kitchen at the time.
The main trick is to keep the veggies crisp and the pasta Al dente ( Cooked just right and firm )


Ingredients 

2 cups....................Farfalle Pasta
1............................carrot (small)
1............................capsicum ( medium)
10 to 15................french beans
1/2 cup..................green peas (shelled)
2 tbsp......................butter
2 tbsp......................maida ( all purpose flour)
1 tbsp.....................pepper powder
1/ 2 cup ...............grated cheese (I used cheddar )
1tbsp........................dried basil leaves
1 tbps......................sugar
2tbsp.....................olive oil
   salt





Method :

Vegetables :

Cut carrots and capsicums in small cubes.
Chop the french beans.
Boil water with salt and boil carrot , french beans and peas separately till 5 minutes each.
They should retain their crispyness and should be little under cooked.
Dont cook capsicum at all.


Pasta :

Now take lots of water in a big vessel add salt and let it boil.
When it starts boiling add the pasta and cook just for 3 to 4 minutes .
Switch off the gas and keep the pasta in the vesset for 10 more minutes.
This ensures that the pasta is cooked Al Dente ( means cooked firm and not soft i.e over cooked ).
Drain the pasta after 10 minutes and drizzle few drops of oil to prevent it from sticking.
Retain the pasta water for making white sauce. Using this water makes the sauce thicker.




White Sauce :

In a non stick pan add butter .
When it melts add maida and roast till the rawness disappears .
Now slowly add the retained pasta water continuously stirring so that the lumps are not formed .
Add pepper, salt, sugar and basil.
If the lumps are formed dont worry just put the sauce in a blender for 2 minutes.

Main preparation :

Now in another non stick pan add olive oil and saute the cooked vegetables except capsicum.
After 2 minutes add the pasta and white sauce.
Add the grated cheese and let it melt.
In the end add capsicum cook just for 2 minutes and switch off the gas .
Serve your pasta hot.





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3 comments:

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  2. favourite dish in my family..thnx

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