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January 10, 2019

Broccoli Pasta in White Sauce | Kids Recipes

This week for Winter Warmers under Kids Delight, I present three kid-approved dishes that warm you up from the inside. We have a plethora of broccoli during winters and as the little one loves it, I used it to add to her bi-weekly sunday favourite - Pasta in Cheesy sauce (the other fortnightly Sunday, she likes it with Red sauce along with her sister - talk about catering to two palates! Whew :))

This is a crowd pleaser for kids parties too and the picky kids might single out the veggies, but at my home its a sure shot way to add more veggies into her customised dish. I used wholewheat flour and skimmed milk to the sauce instead of all purpose. But you can use your usual  white sauce/ bechamel sauce in this dish.


Other Broccoli dishes on this blog:

Tandoori Malai Broccoli
Vegetarian Steamed Dimsums
Roasted Bell Pepper-Broccoli Salad with Feta and Orange Vinaigrette
Bolivian Purple Cabbage Salad with Broccoli (Vegan,GF)
Broccoli and Apple Garden Salad
Broccoli Pepper Corn Pizza
Lemony Broccoli Stir Fry
Stuffed Broccoli-Palak Parathas
Healthy Broccoli Soup














Let's get to the dish now. 


Prep time - 10 mins | Cook time - 15 mins | Serves - 2


Ingredients:

Dry Pasta - 2/3 cup
Italian seasoning (dried oregano, basil etc)- to taste
Olive oil - 3 tsp (divided use)
Salt - to taste 

White Sauce:

Wholewheat flour - 1 TBSP
Skimmed Milk - 1 cup (200 ml)
Grated Cheese - 1/4 cup
Nutmeg (grated) - 1/8 tsp
Salt + pepper - to taste 
Oil (from above 3 tsp) - 2 tsp

Veggies:

Broccoli, Carrots, French Beans -or as per one's preferences



Method:

Cook pasta as per packet instructions. Drain with a tsp of oil and keep aside. While the pasta is cooking, blanch the veggies and drain. 
In a pan, heat 2 tsp of oil, add the wholewheat flour and roast it till it turns fragrant. Take it off the stove, add the milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg and whisk well without any lumps. Add 1-2 tsp water if required to get a free flowing sauce (it thickens on heating and again cooling). Bring the sauce back to the stove, simmer for 1-2 mins and take it off the stove. 
In a non stick pan, add the remaining oil. Saute the veggies, pasta. Adjust seasonings and salt. Pour the sauce and let it mix with the veggies and pasta for a minute more. 
Serve immediately topped with the remaining cheese. I served it with Olive and Sea Salt Focaccia for dinner. 



Sending this to BM#96 under "Winter Warmers" theme for Kids Delight, hosted by PJ, event by Valli. 


13 comments:

  1. Perfect for winters , the veggie overload in white sauce is one dish I make very often in winter . Yours looks nice and creamy , perfectly made .

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  2. Love this healthy twist you have given by using wheat flour. Pass on that bowl to me, looks delicious.

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  3. Love that cheesy bowl of pasta loaded with vegetables. A great comfort food for the winters.

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  4. I am glad your little one likes veggie loaded pasta. Shreyas used to like it earlier but now he prefers it plain! I am the only one at home who likes white sauce over tomato sauce. Thankfully all of us like pesto with pasta so there is some common ground :-).

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  5. My kids love broccoli as well and I am sure they will love this version of pasta with nutmeg.

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  6. Thats a fabulous dish, kids just love pastas with anything. With loads of veggies, definitely my kids will love this dish.

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  7. Somehow me and my kids haven't developed a liking towards white sauce. I need to try it again and see if they will like it.

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  8. I am not a big fan of white sauce in pasta, but ur dish looks perfect. Love broccoli anytime

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  9. That is a beautiful creamy cheesy pasta Kalyani. With focaccia, this would make a filling meal. My daughter would love this.

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  10. Pasta is colorful with variety of veggies. White sauce is creamy and just enough to coat the pasta. Nice.

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  11. My boys would eat the pasta very happily if it has broccoli in it. Beautiful recipe and love the creamy white sauce.

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  12. Pasta loaded with veggies and with that white sauce look very inviting.

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  13. Creamy veggie pasta is a hit among all the kids. love your creamy white sauce!!

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Kalyani

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