Cheesy Penne Pasta
by Tarla Dalal
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Our cheesy penne pasta recipe is really an Indian style baked cheese pasta. We have baked the xxxxcheesy penne pasta for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
In this mouth-watering cheesy penne pasta recipe, we combine this delectable white sauce with perfectly cooked penne, aromatic herbs and oodles of mozzarella and processed cheese, to make a treat worthy of a grand party, a special Italian dinner with your family, or any day you feel like pampering yourself or on a lazy or long tiring day! cheesy white sauce penne pasta is a one dish meal and super easy to make.
Cheesy penne pasta is a quick recipe and is pretty to behold and tempting to bite into. Make sure you boil the pasta ‘al dente. Cheesy pasta recipe has basic ingredients that are available in every Indian household. To make veg cheesy pasta, we have boiled and drained penne until al’dene which means a little firm when bitten. Also, we have prepared the basic white sauce and kept aside. Further, we have combined cooked penne, white sauce, parsley, oregano, chili flakes, salt and pepper. Mixed it well and poured the mixture into a greased microwave safe dish. Spread the cheese evenly and have microwaved it for 3 minutes. You can also bake cheesy penne pasta for 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
Kids love this recipe so you can make it for your kids as an evening snack. Cheesy penne pasta is wonderfully flavoured with spices and herb and is a real delight to devour with some homemade Garlic Bread.
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Cheesy Penne Pasta recipe - How to make Cheesy Penne Pasta
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Makes 4 servings
- Put the butter in a broad non-stick pan, when hot add the plain flour and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
- Add the milk, whisk till smooth and without lumps and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add the salt and pepper and mix well till smooth. Use as required.
- Combine the mozzarella cheese and processed cheese and keep aside.
- Combine the penne, white sauce, parsley, oregano, chilli flakes , salt and pepper, and mix well.
- Grease a shallow dish using ½ tsp of butter and spread the penne mixture in it.
- Top with the cheese mixture.
- Dot it with the remaining 2 tsp of butter and microwave on high for 3 minutes or bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°c (400°f) for 10 minutes.
- Serve the cheesy penne pasta immediately.
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For boiling the penne pasta perfectly, boil ¾ cups of water in a large pan. If you use a small pan, the pasta will clump together on boiling.
Cover the pan with a lid to make the water boil faster.
Once the water boils vigorously, add salt. The salt will season the penne pasta as they cook, which will give you flavorful pasta. Also, the water when tasted should taste like seawater.
Add the pasta to the boiling water and stir once.
Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally and gently until the pasta is tender. Cooking times may vary with the size and the thickness of the pasta. Very small pasta (like macaroni, fusilli, conchiglie, penne) may cook in 5 to 7 minutes. Larger shapes (like spaghetti, fettuccine, dried lasagne sheets) may require 10 to 12 minutes. Refer to the package instructions to understand the exact cooking time. This being a quick and easy cheesy pasta recipe, you may even choose to boil the pasta in a microwave
After 5 to 7 minutes, remove one pasta out of the water and keep it aside to cool a little. Bite into the pasta or break it with a fork to check if it's still hard in the center or if it's cooked as you like. For perfectly cooked pasta, cook until it's al dente, which means it is a little firm in the center.
Immediately drain the cooked pasta into a sieve or colander.
Transfer to a bowl of cold water or refresh under running water to prevent overcooking.
Drain again and keep aside.
If the pasta is not to be used immediately, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to it and toss it. Though it makes difficult for the pasta to absorb/coat the cheese sauce.
For making the white sauce for cheesy penne pasta recipe | Indian style baked cheese pasta | quick cheesy penne pasta |cheesy white sauce penne pasta | heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan.
Once the butter has melted, add the plain flour.
Cook on a slow flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously with the help of a whisk. This is called as a roux which acts a thickening agent for the White Sauce. The frequent stirring helps in even cooking of the flour apart from preventing it from forming lumps.
Once you see the flour has become a little froth and golden in colour, reduce the flame to low and add the milk. Pour the milk with one hand and whisk using the other hand. If you are vegan or allergic to dairy products, then use almond milk.
Whisk well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, or till the White Sauce thickens, while stirring continuously. It is very important to mix continuously after you add the milk and whisk until the flour and milk have incorporated well. If not whisked well, you might get lumps in your White Sauce.
Add the salt and pepper
Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 more minute. You can even add little nutmeg powder to enhance the flavor of white sauce.
To prepare cheesy penne pasta, in a bowl take mozzarella cheese. You can use any variety of cheese.
Add processed cheese. Processed cheese can be substituted with cheese slice or cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese.
Combine well and keep aside.
To prepare cheesy penne pasta, in a bowl take boiled and drained penne. You can even make use macaroni pasta whose hollow spaces will be filled with the cheesy white sauce making it a delectable meal.
Add prepared white sauce.
Add parsley. Kick it up by adding pressed garlic if you are a garlic lover.
To prepare cheesy penne pasta recipe | Indian style baked cheese pasta | quick cheesy penne pasta |cheesy white sauce penne pasta | in a bowl take mozzarella cheese. You can use any variety of cheese.
Add chilli flakes. You can add nutmeg powder if you wish to.
Season with salt and pepper.
Grease a shallow dish using ½ tsp of butter.
Spread the penne mixture in it.
Top with the prepared cheese mixture. If you love a crunchy bite then sprinkle breadcrumbs along with cheese.
Dot it with the remaining 2 tsp of butter.
Microwave on high for 3 minutes or until the cheese melts. You can even bake it in an oven at 200C for 10 minutes.
Serve cheesy penne pasta | Indian style baked cheese pasta | quick cheesy penne pasta | cheesy white sauce penne pasta | immediately with garlic bread on the side.
Nutrient values per serving
|Vitamin A||638.3 mcg|
|Vitamin B1||0.2 mg|
|Vitamin B2||0.2 mg|
|Vitamin B3||1.6 mg|
|Vitamin C||9.4 mg|
|Folic Acid||24.2 mcg|
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