Monday, November 19, 2012

Pasta in White Sauce-Penne Pasta Recipe (Vegetarian)

I am not a big fan of pasta, but I love to have this creamy pasta in white sauce occasionally. This is very delicious, filling and very easy to prepare.My children love it very much. Though I have used penne pasta to prepare this recipe, you can replace it with any pasta of your choice.I have long time back posted pasta in tomato sauce, so today we will learn how to make pasta in white sauce following this easy pasta recipe.

Pasta in white sauce
Creamy Penne pasta in white sauce -veg
Let us divide this recipe into 4 steps to make it easier. This recipe serves 2 persons

Step - 1  - Cooking the pasta
Step - 2  - Cooking the vegetables
Step - 3  - Preparing the white sauce
Step - 4 -  Mixing all the above.

Step 1- Cooking pasta

Ingredients needed

Penne Pasta - 125 grams
Oil - 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp

penne pasta recipe


In a wide pan, bring plenty of water to boil, add salt and oil. Then slowly add the pasta and cook till the pasta is al dente.( it should be soft but firm) Stir in between to prevent the pasta from sticking together. After it is cooked, drain it in a colander and pour cold water on it. This is done to prevent it from getting cooked further. Mix another 1/2 tsp oil to it and keep it aside. (Reserve 1/4 cup of the water in which pasta was cooked as we might need it later)

Step - 2 Cooking the vegetables

Though I have used colored capsicum, sweet corn and cauliflower in this recipe, you can use mushrooms, carrots and broccoli too.Since I could not get broccoli that day, I have used cauliflower,but I recommend broccoli for best results. Do not omit sweet corn as it tastes great in this dish.

Ingredients needed

Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Garlic finely chopped - 1 tbsp
Red and yellow capsicum - half each (you can use green also)
Cauliflower or broccoli florets- 1 cup ( blanched- put it in hot water with a little salt)
Sweet corn - 1/3 cup
Pepper powder to taste
Salt as required
Oregano -3/4 tsp or to taste

how to make pasta (vegetarian)


Heat oil in a pan, saute garlic for a few seconds, then add capsicum, corn and cauliflower.Cook uncovered till done. Do not overcook the vegetables. The vegetables should retain its crunchiness.

Add oregano, salt and pepper powder to taste. Keep it aside.

Step - 3  Preparing the white sauce

how to prepare white sauce

You need

Butter - 1 1/2 tbsp- 2 tbsp
Cornflour - 2 tbsp ( if you do not have cornflour, use maida/ all purpose flour)
Milk - 1 1/2 cup (boiled and cooled)
Cheese - 3-4 tbsp (use mozzarella or parmesan or even amul cheese cubes)
Salt and pepper powder to taste
Mixed Italian herbs (or) Oregano and dried basil


In a pan/ kadai, melt butter, simmer and add cornflour stirring continuously. Saute till it changes color slightly.

At this stage, add 1/2 cup of cold milk and stir continuously with a whisk to prevent formation of lumps.

When it starts thickening, add the remaining milk gradually stirring continuously with the whisk.

Bring it to boil, reduce the flame, add cheese, salt, pepper powder and herbs to taste.

Cook for another few minutes, till it thickens slightly and remove from flame. (If it is too thick, you can add the water reserved while cooking pasta and heat again).This sauce will thicken as it cools, so mix it in between or a layer will form on the top.

Step - 4  Mixing all the three

You need

Grated cheese for garnishing.

Mix all the three together. Transfer to a baking pan, top it with grated cheese and bake in a preheated (180 degree C) for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese has slightly browned. If you do not have an oven, mix all the three in a pan, heat it, top it with grated cheese and serve hot.

Creamy penne pasta recipe

Note - You get oregano, mixed Italian herbs, cheese in all big departmental stores.I got it from Nilgiris.

More Pasta Recipes (Vegetarian)

Pasta in tomato sauce

Spaghetti Recipe  

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  1. I usually make the sauce with cream..loved your version....

  2. Mouth-watering...white sauce my favorite...

  3. It's my lazy sunday night diner plan. when i dont want to make any special i just make the color of veges in it.

  4. Looks so yummy!! Nice inviting clicks..

  5. Love pasta in white sauce... Looks so tempting

  6. That's an drool worthy recipe....thank you for the detailed recipe....

  7. Looks so wonderful and delicious one !!

  8. Hi Padhu,
    Really a yummy dish. Can you please post a simple but tasty Drumstick Sambar for me? or please mail the recipe to me.


  9. My daughter's favourite white sauce, inviting pasta.

  10. I too love pasta in white sauce. Looks very yummy and delicious.

  11. Hi Padhu,

    I used to do a simple pasta without sauce all these days... i tried this seeing your recipe for the first time and it is a hit with my kids.... I loved it too...

  12. jus prepared this for breakfast, wid ur recipe n it came out great. love ur stepwise writing... thanku so much.

  13. just cooked it. First attempt and kids are happy.
    Thanks for the easy and yummy recipe Padhu.

  14. Very useful. Ideal for weekend supper/ breakfast. I guess we also can add some herbs like basil. The best think is that its instant ;) cheers

  15. hmmmmmm......yummy........ my daughter loved it

  16. Loved your recipe... It was very yummy. Thank you very much.

  17. It came out greaat! And I have become a fan of yours. Keep going!!

  18. Hey it looks yummy.. will try it some day :D (y)

  19. Hi padhu...
    Ive tried ur recipe soooo many tyms n its always cm out great. I always used maida n amul cheese cubes. Today for a change i used organic cornflour(frm nilgiris) n mozarella cheese n it sort of didnt taste as gud as usual. So im bk to maida n amul cheese n yummmy white sauce!

  20. I made this as per your very simple instructions and it turned out lovely. Thanks for this post.

  21. Thank you so much for this wonderful and super easy recipe. turned out awesome. My mom loved it and requested an encore what more can i say!

  22. Thank you so much for this wonderful and super easy recipe. turned out awesome. My mom loved it and requested an encore what more can i say!

  23. Dear Pradhu
    How are you ? Today I made your white sauce with fresh basil. Very nice ..I like your basic white sauce , so I often follow this .
    I will be using it just for shrimps , no time to boil pasta ,,Take care
    have anice weekend ahead

  24. my son is reeeeaaaalllllly happy to have pasta.hhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiittttttt recepie

  25. Thanku sooo much. My first cooking ever and it tastes yummmm. ..thanku in lots

  26. Awesome recipe. We licked the bowl clean :)

  27. You can always replace broccoli with cauliflower for a simple reason that its v expensive and found so easily at stores in india. Thanks Padma Akka.

  28. Hi.. I tried this penne pata in white sauce. .your recipie...
    Thanks a ton. It came out so nice... kids liked it very much..
    Anybody can cook by seeing your way of presenting the recipie thanks again...

  29. Thanks a ton for this recipe. It turned out to be very well. :)

  30. thanks for this is yummm...

  31. My kids loved it thank you padhu

  32. Its awesome. .thanks for sharing the recepie

  33. hello padhu...
    very simple and testy pasta recipe.
    thanks for sharing your recipe..
    thanks a lot..............

  34. Hi
    I am gonna try it looks yummy...

  35. Wow thanku so mch ..made it tonite n it was awesome

  36. hi,

    Can white pasta sauce be made from ghee instead of butter.

    Thank u

  37. hello
    for making white sauce, can ghee be replaced in place of butter?

    1. Sandhya and V -No, It will not taste good.

  38. I just made this pasta with macaroni though and loved every bit of it... I've been trying other similar recipes but it has never tasted as amazing as it did today..., thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This was a dream come true :-)

  39. It turned out so yummy. Altered a little according the way my kids love. Thanks for the detailed recipe.

  40. i tried this! it came out really well! Thanks! :)

  41. Hi, just tried the white sauce and it came out really well! Thanks a ton!! Definitely, my child will finish her pasta lunch.

  42. Hi.This dish was a big hit with my kids and friends.I made this with capsicum and corn.Loved the idea of using cornflour instead of maida.Love your detailed simple recipes and the clicks.Thanks a ton!


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