Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Chicken Pasta in White Sauce

A little story to start... while I was packing Rasha's lunch box and Azza was sipping her cup of milk before going to school, we stuck a conversation:

Me: Athante teacher Englishila paraya? (Does your teacher speak in English?)
Azza: Alla... (No...)
Me: Pinne Hindiya samsarikka? (Does she speak Hindi?)
*BTW, my kids learned Hindi only by watching cartoons... at least one advantage of watching them! Hehe...*
Azza: *Shakes her head to imply no*
Me: Pinne entha paraya? (Then what she speaks?)
Azza: Ummi chamcharikkuna pole... (Like how ummi speaks...)

It didn't run through my head initially, then I realized that she was indicating that her teacher communicates to her in Malayalam. Since she didn't know how to say the so-called-complicated name of our language, she gave me this response! I am awestruck at how they frame their responses... kids these days! :)

Whenever I am not in a mood to cook, I always go for pasta as it is one of the easiest things to make, yet it tastes delicious. One thing I love about pasta is that it is an any time meal - you can serve it as breakfast, lunch or dinner, or even as a quick snack. This is just another way of enjoying pasta with white sauce, also known as bechamel sauce, adding chicken and vegetables to make it a complete meal. You can make it with just chicken or only vegetables as well. Sharing the way I make it...

Chicken Pasta in White Sauce
Serves 4-6


Ingredients:

400 gm macaroni
350 gm boneless chicken
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 blob butter
4 tbsp all purpose flour
500 ml milk
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp thyme
1/2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp pepper powder
2 chicken stock cubes
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables

Method:

Cook the macaroni/ pasta till el dente. Drain and set aside. 

Cut the chicken into small pieces. Add in  salt, pepper and garlic and cook in the pressure cooker for one whistle. Once the pressure is gone, keep on high flame and cook till the stock is almost dried. 

In a large saucepan, heat the butter. Add the all purpose flour and saute just for a minute. Ensure that this is done on low flame so that the flour doesn't burn. Immediately add in the milk and continuously stir to ensure no lumps are formed. Keep stirring till the milk starts thickening. Add in the oregano, thyme, paprika, pepper powder and stock cubes and continue to stir till the mixture thickens.

Add in the chicken and the vegetables and cook for 4-5 minutes on low flame. Adjust the salt. Finally add the cooked macaroni, give it a nice mix and cook on low flame for around 5 minutes. Switch off and serve warm...

Looking for more pasta/ macaroni ideas? Then here are some that I have shared before:

Sausage Pasta with Bechamel Sauce
Vegetable Macaroni Biriyani
Tuna Pasta Bake
Chicken Tandoori Macaroni
Keema Macaroni

44 comments:

  1. so tempting raffy! and d cutest kid convooo

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  2. My daughter loves pasta and she is asking me to make it now. going to try your recipe.

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  3. Kids say the sweetest and smartest things!! Pasta in white sauce are our favorite too :)

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  4. My son's favourite. Looks very creamy and delicious.

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  5. So tempting Pasta preparation meat and veggie combo a wholesome breakfast. Nice recipe rafee.

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  6. Am ready to finish that whole platter rite now,my favourite..

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  7. Aww sweet lil Azza..I wonder whether my lil one know the name of our mathrubasha !! Pasta in white sauce cant go wrong alle..chicken um koodi undengil pine kushaal ayi :)

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    1. Haha don't worry Vinee... he will learn it slowly... thanks a lot dear! :)

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  8. my kids favorite , its in their lunch box today.

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  9. Looks creamy and delicious dear...so yummy

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  10. Kids all time fav... Looks so delicious in white sauce..

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  11. Now this has really got me craving for some pasta right now. ..seriously. .not joking.

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    1. I'm so sorry for tempting you my dear Sona...

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  12. me to cook it when not in mood of cooking.love it all time favourite

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  13. my daughters most favourite, looks yum.

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  14. Loved reading the story ... Yummy pasta

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  15. Kids will love this, will surely try,looks yum

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  16. Looks so yummy.I am sure kids would have enjoyed it :)

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  17. How sweet Azza is Rafee....Pasta as you said is really an anytime quick fix. I make it too in the same way.Now reminded that its some time since I made it!

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  18. Masha Allah... kids always makes us think... Pasta looks yumm dear

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    1. Alhamdulillah... thank you so much Farin...

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  19. pasta looks creamy and delicious... my mouth is watering now...

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  20. Lovely, creamy and delicious pasta.............. :)

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I'd love to hear from all of you for my humble attempt. It would definitely be a big morale booster!!! :)