Cheesy layered pasta with veggies
After I wrote the post yesterday about the dish being a soup and not a sauce or a gravy, I was itching to make the alfredo sauce pasta bowl so much that I did it this very evening 🙂 It takes a little bit to get this ready, but most of time is spent in baking and not in cutting, chopping or frying etc … So here’s how it goes, enjoy!
4 tomatoes – large ones
2-3 cups of broccoli florets
3 tblsp butter
3 tblsp all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
2-3 cups of grated cheese – depends on how cheesy you like your sauce
3-4 fistfuls of your favourite pasta
1. In a large pot, get some salted hot water to boil. Once boiling, add the pasta in it and let it cook for about 10 minutes. Monitor so that the pasta is just about stiff to bite. Not too soft. I learnt this the hard way. Always add the pasta in boiling water.
2. Pre-heat the oven to about 350 degrees. Create two baking trays lined with foil. In one place the broccoli florets. In the other place the sliced tomatoes. The tomatoes should be thickly sliced. Sprinkle a few drops of oil. Roast the veggies for about 10 minutes. Once done, get them out and leave aside to be added to the pasta at the end.
3. In another pot, add the butter. When it just about melts, add the flour. The flour may form lumps with the butter, but dont worry. Once you add the milk and whisk vigorously, everything will get a nice smooth consistency in a few minutes. Whisk constantly. If left alone, the flour will form clumps again. Cook with milk, while whisking for about 3-4 minutes. Add salt, pepper, parseley and mix. Stir in the cheese and whisk some more. Take it off the heat.
4. In a glass baking tray or pyrex bowl, arrange the layers of sauce-pasta-veggies-sauce-pasta-veggies….. as shown in the pictures below …
5. Finally top off with the rest of the tomatoes. Bake the ensemble at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Serve hot!
If you like your veggies mixed with the sauce, you can skip the layering and stir in everything together. Also, you can add whatever veggies you like – bellpepper, zucchini, onions, etc … These were just what I had on hand.
I dont remember, but I guess I had read about this preparation sometime ago on msn in articles called Country Living.