When we had Guest's from France for Lunch on last week-end, me and my hubby were confusing each other on planning the menu for them. We wanted to show off our Pacca Tamil lunch also got to satisfy them. Somehow we both planned the Menu with, * Badam Kheer, * Vadai, * Appalam, * Baked Pasta with Cabbage & Egg Salad, * Tomato Rice, * Curd Rice, * Chapathi, * Tomato Dal and * Chocolate Cake.I prepared every food except chocolate cake, Yes, I did'nt have any for dessert and finally managed with Apples. They enjoyed the Baked Pasta very much. The Vada's and Badam Kheer was also liked. the other all items were failure one's, as they felt everything spicy. I was glad that i made the pasta, credits goes to my hubby for choosing it on the menu.
How I made it?
Pasta - 20 nos.
Water - 2 cup's
Salt - 1 tsp
I bought Tri-Colour Pasta, took some 20 pasta in no's.
Boiled 2 cup's of water with a tsp of salt.
Added the Pasta to the Boiling water and cooked it for about 10 minute's.
I Drained the Pasta and kept it aside.
While the Pasta was getting Cooked, I Prepared the White Sauce.
White Sauce / Be'chamel Sauce :
Butter - 1 tbsp
All Purpose Flour / Maida - 1 tbsp
Milk - 1 and half cup
Fresh Cream - 2 tbsp's
Salt - a pinch
Heated a Pan, then i added a tbsp of butter and let it to melt on low flame.
After the Butter got melted, i added a tbsp of all purpose flour and mixed with butter with a whisk. Don't let lump's get formed.
The flour started to change its colour to golden yellow. (Just wait till the flour starts changing its colour). Add Milk and stirr well in the low flame.
Do not allow any lumps to be formed. Keep stirring for about 2 minute's or till the sauce get's thicker, if it's too thick add some more milk and let it get thick a bit. The consistency is, it should be able to coat the spoon and little thin.
Switch of the flame. Add the Fresh Cream and Salt. Stir well and keep it aside.
How to Bake?
Processed Cheese - 3 tbsp's Grated
Mozarella Cheese - 2 tbsp's Grated
Oregano - few sprinkled on top
Pepper Powder - a pinch
Pre-Heat the oven for about 10 minutes. While the oven get's heated, Place the cooked pasta in a glass baking bowl, add the white sauce on top and mix well. add some grated Processed Cheese and Mozarella Cheese on top.
If desired, add Oregano and Pepper Powder on top.
Place the Pasta bowl in the oven and Bake it on 180C / 350F for about 20 minute's.
The Cheese on top should have melted and should have turned golden in colour.
Serve it with some Cabbage Salad and Boiled Egg's and Tomatoe's. I also served with boiled potatoe's.
We all Loved this Creamy, Cheesy Pasta. I learned that this is also called as au gratin, as it is cooked till it gets golden colour top. It can be called as Baked Pasta / Pasta au gratin.