Sausage Pasta with Bechamel Sauce

I was wrong yesterday, completely wrong… :T I have two more recipes to go from my previous blog, and Β I completely forgot about it. Hmmm…. memory loss seems to be playing a very important role in my life these days. A doctor friend had once hinted that childbirth reduces a lady’s memory power, ie. the more children she has, the more the memory deteriorates. With two, if my memory is like this, I am scared how it would be if I have more!!! Geesh… I think I should be happy with the two I have for the moment and not think about the next child… πŸ˜‰

 

Hehe… ok, coming back to the recipe today, this is definitely the best pasta I have ever made. During a desperate attempt to make something different with some near-expiry stocks reeling onto my face (read: bechamel sauce, tomato paste!), I found this recipe as a rescuer and what a recipe it was! I twisted and tweaked it with whatever was available and the men in the family – F, B and H – declared that they were having food from an Italian restaurant!!! Ahem ahem… I seriously do not know if they were pulling my leg, but I really loved it and my kids did too. The next day, I brought it to office to have for lunch without realizing that there was a party in the afternoon. So my two colleagues were ‘blessed’ with having to eat it down for brunch. And they enjoyed it too!!! Wasn’t I a glad soul! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚Β Recipe loosely adapted fromΒ Allrecipes

 

Updated on September 4, 2014 with new pictures…

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Sausage Pasta with Bechamel Sauce

Course Pasta
Cuisine Continental
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 400 gm macaroni boiled and drained *
  • 10-12 chicken sausages sliced into pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas thawed
  • 1 pack 100 gm tomato paste
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp red chilli flakes
  • 1 pack all seasoning powder/ 1 cube chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pack Bechamel sauce 80 gm, prepared with half the milk as per instructions (to get a thick sauce) **
  • Mozarella cheese ***

Instructions

  • Heat up your saucepan and pour the olive oil. When it heats, add the garlic paste and saute it till you get an awesome aroma.
  • Add the onion and continously saute it till it becomes translucent.
  • Add in the frozen peas, tomato paste, thyme, paprika, red chilli flakes and seasoning powder and cook till the raw smell of the tomato paste is gone.
  • Check for the salt and adjust seasoning as required, add the pepper.
  • Add the sliced sausages and keep the whole sauce on low flame for 5 minutes till the sausage incorporates the sauces.
  • Preheat your oven to 170 degrees. Take a large microwaveable glass pan.
  • Spread a layer of macaroni, topped with the sausage sauce, then the bechamel sauce and keep layering till done. I got a total of three macaroni layers, two sausage sauce and two bechamel sauce layers.
  • On the top, sprinkle sufficient mozarella cheese till covered. Bake your macaroni in the oven for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
  • Serve and devour!!!!

Notes

* This is how I cook my macaroni - empty the macaroni into lots of water in your pressure cooker and little olive oil/ butter. Cook until one whistle and switch off, allowing the pressure to stay for 5 minutes and then let the pressure go off by lifting the weight. Drain and reserve.
** The Bechamel sauce recipe on the pack asked to be cooked in 1 ltr milk, but I cooked it in 500 ml of milk and got a nice thick sauce, which was perfect for the macaroni. The brand I used was Maggi. You can actually cook the sauce all by yourself. The recipe is in the Allrecipe link.
*** Since I didn't have mozarella cheese, I just dropped spoonfuls of cream cheese here and there on the top. Even though it tasted yum, I still feel mozarella would have given it an extra kick.

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    1. Thank u fasee…

  2. This looks lovely!! Perfect to entice kids πŸ™‚

    1. thank you so much… πŸ™‚

  3. perfect and delicious…

    1. thank u maha…

  4. Delicious pasta dear..looks yummy!!
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