Macaroni in Béchamel sauce
Macaroni/Pasta is a most welcoming dish at my home and i generally make it for weeknight dinners. Also this dish screams of comfort!! I have not met anyone who does not like it. Just like there are no defined rules and lines for comfort, there is no hard and fast rule for how people make their Mac n Cheese. Make the classic macaroni with just cheese or spice it up with tomato sauce and some veggies you love.
Béchamel sauce is my most favorite sauce of all times. Its versatile and is used as the base for other sauces. Pair it with vegetables or turn it into a creamy casserole or ladle it over grilled chicken, it tastes yumm.
Get into the kitchen now and bake some yumm mac and cheese and feel good, really good 🙂
Macaroni- 1 cup Oil- 1/2 tsp Salt – 1 tsp Butter – 2 tsp All purpose flour(maida) 2 tsp Milk – 1 1/2 cup (boiled and cooled) Cheese – 1/2 cup (use mozzarella/amul cheese cubes) Salt and pepper powder to taste Oregano/mixed herbs (Optional) Chilli flakes (optional) Method:-
In a wide pan, bring water to boil with some salt and oil and add the pasta and cook till the macaroni is al dente.( Not too soft or too firm) Stir slowly in between to prevent the pasta from sticking together. After it is cooked, drain it in a colander and drizzle some oil and keep it aside.
In a non stick pan melt butter, simmer and add maida stirring continuously. Saute till it changes color slightly. Then add 1/2 cup of milk and stir continuously with a whisk to prevent formation of lumps. When it starts thickening, add the remaining milk gradually stirring with the whisk.
Add some cheese, salt, pepper, chilli flakes and herbs to taste.Cook for another few minutes, till it thickens slightly and remove from flame. If it is too thick, add the water reserved while cooking pasta and heat again. Turn off the flame and add the macaroni in the sauce and mix it evenly.
Meanwhile preheat the oven for 180 degree CTransfer macaroni is a glass bowl and layer cheese all over the macaroni and bake it for about 10 minutes. If you do not have an oven, top macaroni with grated cheese and leave it to simmer for 5 minutes and serve hot.