Saturday, February 19, 2011

Macaroni & Veggies in Bechamel Sauce ~ An Ambrosial Delight!

Prep Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 40 min
Serves: 3 to 4

For macaroni
  1. Macaroni - 1 pkt
  2. Salt - 2 tsp
  3. Vegetable oil - 1 tbsp
  4. Water - 10 cups water
  5. Olive oil (to toss cooked pasta) - 2 tsp
  6. Snapin Herb blend Mix - as reqd
  7. Snapin Basil - as reqd
For veggies
  1. Onion (finely sliced) - 1 large sized
  2. Button mushrooms (finely sliced) - 15 no's
  3. Carrot (sliced to thin strips) - 1 medium sized
  4. Capsicum (sliced to thin strips) - 1 medium sized
  5. Corn kernels - 1/4 cup
  6. Green peas - 1/4 cup
For seasoning
  1. Vegetable oil - 2 tbsp
  2. Garlic (finely chopped) - 1 tbsp
  3. Snapin Herb blend mix - as reqd
  4. Snapin Oregano - as reqd
  5. Snapin Rosemary - as reqd
  6. Snapin Basil - as reqd
  7. Red chilly flakes (or) Black pepper powder - as reqd
  8. Salt - to taste
For garnishing
  1. Mint leaves - 1 tbsp
Method to cook macaroni
  1. Boil 10 cups water in a large pot / large saucepan.
  2. Add two teaspoons salt and one tablespoon vegetable oil.
  3. Add macaroni & cook until al dente for about 5 to 7 min stirring occasionally in order to prevent pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  4. Drain & toss in two teaspoons of olive oil along with crushed herb blend mix and basil; set aside.
Method to cook veggies
  1. Heat vegetable oil in wok on low flame for a min, add finely chopped garlic & saute for a min or two.
  2. Do not brown or char the garlic; saute in low flame for a min or two just for the infusion of flavor.
  3. Add finely sliced onion & saute until translucent.
  4. Add rest of the veggies & saute for about 3 to 4 min in high flame.
  5. Crush herbs one by one in between your palms & then add to the veggies; this helps in releasing fresh flavor from the dried herbs.
  6. Add salt, black pepper powder or red chilly flakes & mix well.
  7. Cover & cook for another 3 to 4 min in low flame.
  8. The vegetables should be partially cooked in order to retain their crunch.
  9. Once done switch off gas & empty contents to a serving bowl.
Method to prepare macaroni delight
  1. Serve few scoops of tossed macaroni in a serving plate.
  2. Top it up with hot Bechamel sauce.
  3. Garnish with few mint leaves.
E...N...J...O...Y the Delight!!

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  • Cooking time varies with each variety of pasta; refer pack for details.
  • Use only a non stick pan to prepare the sauce to keep a check on the color of the sauce.


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