Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Prepared this in monsoon and writing the post now.
Pasta, being an Italian dish, is also the most favorite food of Indians. Kids love pasta in any form. And I love the colors and shapes of Pasta. Even we Indians make pasta since many years. If you are from North Karnataka, you must be knowing about "GULAGI", "PARADI", "SAVATE BEEJA" and our own "SHAAVIGE(SEVIYAN)". We use these to prepare sweet dishes. These are our Indian Pasta.
Coming to today's recipe, It's the most easiest, quickest and yummiest food to serve when you are in a hurry and hungry both. My elder daughter loves Pasta. I always make Pasta Masala- Indian style. But don't know why I never tried this white sauce with pasta. Last month I bought a ready sauce packet and prepared. Though it tasted great, I was not happy. As you know me, I avoid processed food as much as possible. Other day when my daughter demanded to prepare pasta, I thought of making the white sauce at home.
I was so happy as it tasted exactly the same what we get in the restaurants. I used ready pizza herb mix for the flavor.
Now, coming to the recipe,
For Pasta :
Pasta of any shape and size - 2 cups
Cook the pasta by following the instructions given on the packet. And keep it ready after draining the water.
For white sauce :
All purpose flour (maida) 2 tbsp
Butter - 5 tbsp
Cold or room temperature Milk - 1 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Use less salt if your butter is salted one.
Black pepper powder 1 TSP or less.
Mixed herb - 1 TSP
Take thick bottomed pan and keep it on the stove. Add the butter when hot. Keep on a medium flame. When butter melts add the APF flour slowly and mix it properly. Remove the lumps and wait till the raw smell goes. Now add the milk slowly in batches. Keep in stirring to avoid any lumps. Very important step. And be sure to boil it on slow flame. Add salt and pepper. Mix and boil till you get the thick sauce consistency. Keep it aside.
Take the boiled pasta in a vessel. Add the sauce to it and mix gently. Boil it on low flame for a minute or till you see the bubbles. Add herbs and serve immediately.
This tastes good only when hot. This is My plain white sauce pasta which my elder daughter loves anytime.