Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cheesy Baked Pasta

Vegetarian Kids Get Together Special
Quick Pasta for Quick Friends Over!
Cheesy Baked Pasta

Serves 4-5

Rigatoni Pasta- 1 Packet

Milk- 1/2 Litre Pack of Nestle
Bayleaf- 1 No.
Rosemary-a Sprig
Butter- 2 Tbsp./100 Gms.
All Purpose Flour-2 Tsp.
Salt- To Taste
Nutmeg- Freshly Grated
Cheddar Cheese- Freshly Grated
Gruyere Cheese- Freshly Grated
Canned Corn-
Frozen Peas-
Black Pepper Powder- Freshly Powdered
Mozzarella- Freshly Grated

In a Deep Bottomed Pot, Boil Water with Salt
Put the Pasta in Boiling Water, Cover & Let it Simmer on Medium Flame for about 6-7 Minutes

Check on the Pasta, Drain & Let it Cool

For White Sauce:
In a SaucePot, Boil Milk
Put Bayleaf & Rosemary in it While the Milk Boils

In A Wide Pan, Heat Butter
Put Flour & Whisk
Strain the Rosemary Flavored Milk into this
Add Salt, Nutmeg, Cheddar & Whisk till the Sauce Thickens
Add Corn, Peas, Black Pepper Powder & Whisk
In a Baking Dish, Put the Drained Pasta & Pour the White Sauce on it
On top of the Pasta, Add the Mozzarella & Gruyere Cheese
Mix Well & Add some More Cheese!

Check the Pasta to see the Golden Crust on Top of the Baked Pasta & it is Ready to Serve
Garnish with Parsley & Serve Hot!

Any Large Tube Pasta like Rigatoni is much liked by the Kids, so please Go Ahead & Have Fun Cooking for the Kids!

To Check if Pasta is Cooked, Check if it Rises & the Color Changes
The Pasta doesn't need to be Completely Cooked as it would be Baked in the Oven for 20 Minutes

The Base of this Pasta is called the 'B├ęchamel/Bravo Sauce'or Simply the White Sauce
For White Sauce, Nutmeg is an Essential Flavoring Agent

Cheddar is a Neutral Cheese, so can be used for a lot of Indian Dishes as well!

Frozen Peas can be used Straight into the Pan as it would Cook while it's Baked

The Baking Dishes can be Either Ceramic, Glass or Steel 
While it is Hot, the Gruyere Cheese Melts Evenly, so this Cheese is Melted & can be Used as a Dip for Vegetables, Bread Pieces, Fruits etc.
Gruyere Cheese Blends in with Almost All the Dishes like Potatoes, Pasta & this Cheese is Used for a Popular Swiss Dish called Fondue that is Traditionally made with Swiss & Gruyere Cheese.

Some Replacements for the Fondue are Emmental, Smoked Gouda, Alouette & Asiago Cheese etc.

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)

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