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29 May, 2014

Easiest homestyle pasta with bechamel/white sauce

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I’m not much of a white sauce pasta person. Its not that I don’t like white sauce, I just think its kind of bland…unless you add more flavors to it, to give it some character.I think i’m more of a lasagna, or a cannelloni person. I always need meat in my pasta sauce, I don’t know why. There are many non-meat ingredients out there that compliment pasta really well, and I will eat a meal devoid of meat, but I prefer to have meat in my sauce. I’m a carnivore I guess. But, I’m going to show you one recipe, that my whole family and I absolutely devoured yesterday for dinner. The easiest homestyle pasta with bechamel sauce! Its one of the tastiest and the simplest pasta recipes I know. Its a total package: its easy, hearty, full of sauce, cheese, veggies, and sausages. Its a carb explosion! But you just make this one day, and you’ll have delicious meal that’ll last for atleast 3 more dinners, unless you eat the whole thing the same night, which I think is not humanly possible. And thus, it will give you more time to catch up on your soap-opera/serial dramas, spend time with your husband and kids, or just take some ‘me’ time!

You will need the following things:

Unsalted butter


Flour4 tablespoons


Milk4 cups


Freshly ground pepper1 teaspoon


Salt3/4 teaspoon


Green peasa handful


Chopped green beansa handful


Diced carrotsa handful


Cauliflower floretsa handful


Elbow macaroni/or any pasta of your choice1 1/2 cups
(Boiled in water with salt, and a drizzle of olive oil(optional))

Shredded cooked chicken1 cup
(Chicken is cooked with garlic, ground pepper and salt)

Sausage, preferably Italian3/4 cup


Grated parmesan cheese1 cup

 
Instructions:

Turn on the stove to a medium heat, and heat up the butter…

easy homestyle pasta bechamel sauce

Then add the flour to the butter and stir in medium heat, until the flour is cooked. If the flour is not cooked, you’ll end up with a sauce that tastes floury. So stir the flour in the butter for about 2-3 minutes or until the raw taste is gone…

 

easy pasta recipe with white sauce

Pour in the milk, and stir frequently, so the sauce doesn’t burn.

easy pasta recipe with white sauce

After stirring for a few minutes, the sauce should get thicker, and have a silky, velvety consistency…

easiest homestyle pasta with white sauce

When it thickens add some salt, freshly ground pepper, and gently stir for a minute…

 

easiest homestyle pasta with bechamel sauce

…and take the pan off the stove. Now  heat up another pan, add about 4-5 tablespoons of butter, add the garlic, sauté for about a minute, and toss in the vegetables (Vegetables are cooked in salted water). Sauté the veggies in butter, and add a pinch of pepper.

easiest homestyle pasta bechamel sauce

Now spoon in some of the white sauce into the boiled pasta…

easy pasta recipe with bechamel sauce

…and add the vegetables, chopped sausages, and the chicken and mix everything together, so that everything is coated with the white sauce…

 

easy homestyle pasta with bechamel sauce

…Now grease the baking dish with some butter…

easy pasta recipe with bechamel sauce

….and toss in the contents of the bowl into the baking dish…

easy homestyle pasta with bechamel and chicken

…pour the rest of the rich, and creamy sauce all over the pasta…

easy homestyle pasta with white sauce and chicken

….and sprinkle a generous layer of grated parmesan cheese over the sauce, and put the baking dish into an oven that is pre-heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, until the cheese is melted and there is a beautiful golden crust of parmesan cheese on top.

easy homestyle pasta with white sauce

 

You’ll enjoy every single bite of this! Its super fast, and super delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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