Creamy Cheesy Vegetable Pasta

Updated: Feb 16, 2021

There are times when you just want to cook something quick, which satisfies those fatty, cheesy cravings. I got you. This pasta is my go-to for those cheesy cravings and its not all bad..... I added vegetables too! So its kind of healthy, right!?!






Preparation Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes.

Serves 4


Ingredients


2 cups pasta- any shape you want

salt for boiling water

olive oil for boiling water


2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1/2 onion- finely chopped

1 clove of garlic- minced

1 medium carrot- finely chopped

1/2 green capsicum- finely chopped

1/2 cup sweetcorn- tinned or freshly boiled

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons all purpose flour

2 cups milk

Salt- to taste

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes

1/2 teaspoon mixed herbs

1 cup cheddar cheese- shredded




Instructions


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Salt and oil generously. Boil 2 cups of pasta until al dente, then drain and set aside.

  2. In a wok, fry off the garlic for 30 seconds in the oil. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes on a low heat until translucent.

  3. Add the carrot, capsicum and sweetcorn to the wok. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the wok and set aside.

  4. In the same wok, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook on a low heat to cook out the flour for 2 minutes. Do not burn the flour. Just as the colour begins to change slightly.

  5. Slowly add the milk, 1/4 cup at a time, whisking all the while. Make sure the sauce is well mixed and smooth.

  6. Season with the salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon mixed herbs and 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes.

  7. Cook the sauce on a low heat until the sauce is thick and coats the back of the spoon.

  8. Add the vegetables and pasta to the wok and mix well.

  9. Turn off the heat and add the cheese to the sauce. Mix until all the cheese is melted.

  10. Serve in a deep bowl with garlic bread. Top with chilli flakes for an extra kick.




Notes

  1. Feel free to change up the vegetables. I love how this recipe is great for using up leftover veggies and meat. Use up that broccoli, beans, peas and mushrooms to make a filling and delicious dinner.

  2. Add chicken stock instead of pasta water for more flavour.

  3. Add proteins for an even fuller evening meal.




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