White sauce pasta recipe only looks daunting but very easy to make. Bechamel sauce, alfredo sauce, mornay sauce are all popular variations of white sauce.
A basic white sauce made with butter, flour and milk is called bechamel sauce. When you add cream to the sauce, it’s called an Alfredo sauce. When you add cheese to the white sauce or bechamel sauce, it’s called a classic Mornay sauce. I love all white sauce variations. Only butter and flour is called as a Roux. Have a look at the video for making the best and fool proof recipe for white sauce, How to make white sauce?
A white sauce is the most cooked sauce in my house because I use it in a variety of dishes. I have paired the white sauce with Penne which is my family’s favorite pasta. Since the taste of the white sauce is neutral, you can use it to highlight any vegetable or cheese or protein in the pasta dish you make. I like white sauce chicken pasta with broccoli and mushrooms. My absolute favorite. I don’t like an Alfredo simply because it’s too creamy for me. I like white sauce better than a cream sauce.
How do you make white sauce for pasta at home?
All you have to remember is 1:1:1 ratio. 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp flour and 1 cup hot milk. First you make a rough on the stove with equal butter and flour, by simply roasting flour in butter till you no longer get raw aroma. There are two schools of thought on how to make the perfect white sauce. One says that you add cold milk to roux and keep whisking to get a smooth sauce. The other says, in which I also believe, is to use hot milk and whisk so that the sauce comes to a boil sooner and has no chance of splitting. Once a boil comes and the sauce thickens a bit, you can switch off the gas and season the sauce.
Here’s a step by step video instruction on How to make white sauce?
Other common variations are to add garlic in the butter before you make roux. You can also boil the milk with some aromatics like onion, cloves, peppercorns, bay leaves etc, before using it to make the white sauce.
Once the sauce is made, simply add the cooked vegetables and pasta and mix through. If you want to add cheese, you can do so now. For detailed recipe, see below.
Pasta in White Sauce Recipe | White Sauce Pasta
White sauce pasta recipe only looks daunting but very easy to make. Bechamel sauce, Alfredo sauce, Mornay sauce are all popular variations of white sauce.
- 2 tbsp Butter - 2 tbsp
- 1/2 cup Onion chopped
- 2 Garlic crushed
- 1/2 tsp Red chili flakes
- 1 1/2 tsp Flour I have used whole wheat flour
- 1 cup Hot Milk
- 1/2 cup Cheese
- 1/4 cup Carrots sliced and steamed
- 1/4 cup Broccoli florets steamed
- 1 tbsp Parsley chopped
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Oregano
- 1 cup Pasta Penne cooked
- Parsley for Garnish
- Cheese for Garnish
- Red chili flakes for Garnish
In a deep pan, heat olive oil. Add garlic and saute for a few seconds. Add red chili flakes.
Add onions and saute for a couple of minutes.
Add whole wheat flour (or all purpose flour 2 tsp) and cook till you get a nutty aroma.
Now add hot milk and mix it with a whisk (works better than a ladle).
Stop whisking once you see bubbles. Add cheese and mix well.
Now add carrots, broccoli, parsley, salt, pepper and oregano.
Add pasta and mix well. Adjust the seasoning if required.
Garnish with parsley, cheese and red chili flakes and serve hot.