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Here I have used whole wheat pasta which is more nutritious than enriched white flour pasta. Another ingredient is broccoli whis is very nutritious contains huge amount of vitamin c, folate everything. This is similar to mac and cheese recipe since I had broccoli in my fridge I just added with pasta which tasted so good everyone loved it. So this is how I made.

Ingredients :

Pasta - 1 cup
Broccoli florets - 10 to 15
Milk - 1 cup
Butter - 1 tbsp
Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Garlic - 2 pods finely chopped
Cheddar cheese - 1/4 cup grated
Pepper - few
Mixed Italian herbs - few
Nut meg - 1/4 tsp
Basil, Red chilli flakes, parmesan cheese for garnishing.

Method :

1. Bring water in pot for boiling pasta season with salt and cook pasta.
2. Blanch broccoli in hot water, remove it and drain.
3. For making white sauce, heat butter and olive oil in the frying pan once the butter is melted.
5. Add the chopped garlic and saute for few seconds.
5. Add the flour and mix it so that raw smell disappears and color of flour slightly changes.
6. Now pour the milk and whisk immediately well to avoid lumps.
7. Cook for some time by adding salt, nutmeg, herbs and Pepper.
8. When it starts thickening add cheddar cheese and let it cook for some time , stir it constantly.
9. Now to this add the cooked pasta and broccoli mix well and garnish with red chilli flakes, basil and parmesan cheese.
10. Kids will sure love it offcourse we too....Enjoy.

Note :

1. Since we areusing more cheese I reduced the amout of butter in making white sauce and added olive oil.
2.Parmesan cheese is optional.
3. Instead of broccoli we can use green peas too.

Lavanya  – (April 24, 2009 at 7:19 PM)  

yummy yummy hubby fav!!

Pooja  – (April 24, 2009 at 7:19 PM)  

Great idea..Nutritious with Broccoli, whole wheat pasta and herbs! Nice Post :)

Ramya Vijaykumar  – (April 24, 2009 at 7:31 PM)  

Penne my fav, looks like whole grain nutritious healthy and yummy...

chef and her kitchen  – (April 24, 2009 at 9:05 PM)  

penne is our favourite too...!!
yummy pasta

lubnakarim06  – (April 25, 2009 at 1:54 AM)  

Lovely presentation...Looks yum..

Malar Gandhi  – (April 25, 2009 at 5:38 AM)  

Both healthy and yummy, I way to eat broccoli.

I even liked ur manchurian...very colorful.

kittymatti  – (April 25, 2009 at 8:49 AM)  

So tasty and looks great!~ U have a very nice blog!!

Ann  – (April 25, 2009 at 5:45 PM)  

This is our fav quick meal.. looks yumm!

ARUNA  – (April 25, 2009 at 10:18 PM)  

wow those pictures look so gorgeous....i kept staring at them for sometime!

Pavithra Elangovan  – (April 26, 2009 at 9:18 PM)  

Thanks everyone for ur valuable comments

Purnima  – (April 28, 2009 at 11:40 PM)  

Pavithra, this is also now on my 'To Try' lists!My daughter (4yrs) loves brocolli, so this is surely a hit wt her n us! Hey loved the sauce-hearts piped by you, the food styling is awesome!

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