Pasta with Bechamel Sauce

European food- Italian to be precise, always has been my favourite cuisine. It is my dream to go on a culinary journey in the countryside of Italy- Tuscany and Sicily to be specific. Though I'd eat any kind of pasta any day, here's one of my favourite recipes.

Pasta (penne)- 1 1/2 cups
Broccoli- 200 gms
Yellow bell pepper- 1
1/2 cup white flour or maida
3/4 cup fresh cream
Oregano- 1 1/2 tsp
Basil- 1 tsp
Pepper- 2 tsp
Milk 1/4 cup
Garlic pods- 6-7 crushed
Dry red chillies- 2
Olive oil- 4-5 tbsp
Nutmeg- 1 pinch

In a pan, heat olive oil on a low flame,  add flour, nutmeg and milk. Whisk well, add fresh cream, switch off the heat and stir in the nutmeg.

Cook pasta on a low flame for about 20 minutes and drain it with cold water once done.

Heat another pan, add the garlic, chilli, broccoli, salt and cook for 5- 6 minutes on a low flame. Add the bell peppers, sprinkle some water, oregano, basil, pepper, and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Toss in the pasta, the sauce, 1/4 cup milk and season again and simmer for two more minutes.

Serve hot with a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc.


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