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Alfredo/ Bechamel / White Sauce Pasta

As per one of the surveys conducted by the YouGov, Italian food is the most popular cuisine across the world. With the likes of Pizza & Pasta, how can it not be! One of the suggestions that I received from a follower is to host Italian recipes. Also, as promised I will be featuring the actual alfredo recipe which is not very popular in Indian households. You can try both and let me know which turned out better.

These days, pasta is most sought after dish that people prefer. The most common and popular pasta sauces are arrabiata, pesto, bechamel (white) & alfredo. Arrabiata is red sauce made with tomatoes and basil whereas pesto has basil and walnut as its key ingredients. Another easy variant is the white sauce pasta which is made from butter, milk & refined flour (roux). Although, bechamel & alfredo sauce are used interchangeably in India, it is not exactly the same. Bechamel sauce or the white sauce is made from roux and cheese whereas alfredo sauce has heavy cream as its core ingredient.

Bechamel Sauce/ White Sauce

Today, in the following post I will be featuring both the recipes and you can very well know the key difference and then accordingly try out the recipe as per your preference. I had only added broccoli and bell peppers to the pasta but you can also use mushrooms, baby corn, sweet corn or zucchini.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Serves: 2 potions

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp refined flour/ maida
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • black pepper powder
  • mixed herbs / oregano
  • chilly flakes
  • 2 tbsp processed cheese
  • 1/3 cup Broccoli
  • 1/2 cup mixed bell peppers
  • 1 cup boiled pasta

Procedure

  1. In an open pan, bring water to boil. Once the water has boiled, add salt and your preferred pasta to it. Let it cook until they are al dente meaning firm to the bite. It should not be under-cooked or over cooked.
  2. Take some butter in a pan and saute garlic in it. Add in the refined flour and mix it well with the butter. Saute it until the refined flour is cooked well and changes it color. Do not let it turn brown, as it will affect the color of the white sauce.
  3. Once the flour has cooked, pour in the milk slowly little by little. Keep on stirring continuously to avoid forming of lumps.
  4. Cut an onion into half and put it into the boiling milk. The flavor of the onion will nicely infuse with the sauce. Season it with salt, pepper & mixed herbs.
  5. Once the sauce starts thickening, add processed cheese. Mix it well so that it blends nicely with the sauce. You can adjust the proportion of the cheese as per your preference. If you like your sauce to be very cheesy, then increase the proportion of the cheese.
  6. Take another pan, add butter and garlic to it. Add in the broccoli florets and let it cook for a few minutes. Put on a high flame and add the bell peppers. Saute for 2 – 4 minutes and ensure that the vegetables are crunchy and not too soft. Add in the boiled pasta Season the vegetables with salt, pepper, mixed herbs. Mix in the boiled pasta and turn off the stove.
  7. In the final stage, add the veggies and the pasta to the bechamel/white sauce and give it a nice stir with light hands. You may use basil or parsley to garnish the dish.

Your bechamel sauce pasta is ready. Now try restaurant style pasta with easy to cook recipe at home.

Alfedo Sauce

Difficulty Level: Easy

Serving: 1 potion

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup full fat cream
  • 1/2 cup processed cheese
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper powder
  • boiled pasta of your choice
  • water / vegetable stock
  • Oil

Procedure

  1. Take some oil in a pan and add finely chopped garlic and onion to it. Saute it until transparent. Ensure that the colour of garlic and onion do not change to maintain the white colour of the sauce.
  2. Pour in the full fat cream and add water to it. This step will ensure that the cream does not curdle. You can also add vegetable stock to make the sauce more flavourful.
  3. Add in the grated cheese and stir well. Once the cream has reduced, season the sauce with salt and black pepper. You can also add some chilly flakes and mixed herbs as per your preference.
  4. Mix in the boiled pasta and serve hot.

One of the variation you can do is add blanched spinach to it. It will go very well with alfredo sauce. Do try the recipe and let me know how it turned out.

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