Friday, April 2, 2010

Rotini Alfredo with Vegetables

This dish is another favorite which I make often. Its simple to make and ready in a jiffy. Rotini is a type of spiral pasta and allows the sauce to stick in the ridges. It is not to be confused with fusilli which is also a spiral pasta but rotini has more tighter spirals. You can use either of the pastas for the recipe. Since it is just a white sauce, I add vegetables to give it more nutritional value and some color.

Ingredients:

1 packet (16 oz) rotini pasta 
1 cup mixed vegetables (I used peas, green peppers and carrots)
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons AP flour (maida)
3 cups milk
2-3 cloves garlic, grated
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 tablespoons Parmesan (optional)
Salt

Heat a large pot with water. When it comes to a boil, add salt to make the water salty like seawater. Add the pasta and cook till al dente. Pinch the pasta along the side of the bowl, if its gives easily, its done if not add a minute or two. Perfect al dente pasta is plump and soft but not mushy. Oil and keep aside. 
In another non stick pan, heat the olive oil. Saute the vegetables for a minute or two and keep aside. Then put the butter in the pan. Add the garlic and when the garlic is cooked, add the flour and saute till the flour starts to brown. Add the milk and cook down. Add salt, pepper, Parmesan, oregano and basil as the sauce starts to thicken. At this time add the vegetables and the pasta. Toss to coat well. If the sauce becomes too thick, add a little milk to thin it out. Serve hot with a garlic bread!

I am sending this to Sowmya's Cooking with Pasta Event.

16 comments:

Kiran said...

Rotini Alfredo looks very yummy.

Hari Chandana said...

yummy recipe.. looks perfect &delicious.. thanks for sharing!!

Jagruti said...

Lovely pasta..I love this version..also fajito looks delicious and tasty..thanx for reminding me..

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice & flavourful...looks creamy too...

mangocheeks said...

I wasn't sure what you meant by rotini pasta, then I saw it. In the U.K we call these shapes fussili. I would never had thought of adding carrots to pasta, but you have convinced me to have a go.
Have a lovely weekend.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow, sounds yum, I am trying to learn home made pasta sauce, will sure try this one out.

Priya said...

Rotini With veggies makes me hungry..fabulous dish CF..

Silence Sings said...

one of my daughters favourites...I too prepare the dish more or less like urs....

Gulmohar said...

Great pasta dish...I add the same spices too :-)

Deepa said...

By adding veggies to pasta the dish has come delicious....
Deepa
http://hamareerasoi.blogspot.com/

Ms.Chitchat said...

Veggies and pasta makes it healthier and loved the click.

Padhu said...

Delicious and quick fix dish ! Lovely clicks

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Cooking Foodie, I have an award for you in my blog, please get it :)

Kiran said...

Dear Cooking Foodie,

I have a TAG Award waiting for you in my blog.Please come and collect it.

Thank you,
Kiran

sowmya's creative saga said...

That looks absolutely creamy and delicious..thanks a lot for sending this for my event...Can you just link this post to the announcement page in my blog?

J said...

I was wondering what is rotini alfredo.. here we call it fussilli.. i make similar preparation.. loved ur version..

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