Monday, July 28, 2008

Creamy Penne with Spinach And Peas

Creamy Spinach Peas Penne

This is one of my favorite pasta recipes and I make it very often. The sauce used is the mother of all sauces, the Bechamel. Nutmeg is a must in bechamel and blends with the milk to create an enticing base.

Think Nutmeg


Uncooked Pasta - 1 Cup ( Any small variety like penne, elbows, shells)

Garlic Powder - 1 Tbsp

Black Pepper Powder - 1/2 Tbsp

Lime Juice - From 1 Lime

For the Bechamel Sauce:

Milk - 1 Cup

Butter - 1 1/4 Tbsp

All Purpose Flour - 1 Tbsp

Ground Nutmeg - 1/8 tsp

Salt - As per taste

Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and stir till smooth. Let it cook for a couple of minutes till it turns a sandy color. Do not burn it. Next add the milk and whisk to remove any lumps. Cook till the sauce thickens, and keep stirring all the while to prevent lumps. Season with salt and nutmeg and set aside.

Cook a cup of pasta as per the instructions on the pasta container. Drain. Saute a cup of frozen peas and 3 handfuls of spinach leaves, using a little oil. Cook till done.

Add the sauce to the drained pasta, along with the sauteed vegetables. Add 1 Tbsp garlic powder and 1/2 Tbsp black pepper. Next add the juice of 1 lime. Adjust salt according to taste. Mix well and serve.

The nutmeg in the bechamel sauce adds a very distinct flavor and binds the rest of the ingredients superbly in this simple pasta dish. This recipe goes to 'Think Spice' event initially started by Sunita of Sunita's World and being hosted by Aparna of 'My Diverse Kitchen'. Aparna has chosen Nutmeg as the star ingredient this month.


Aparna said...

I usually make this pasta with cheese sauce. Bechamel sauce is a great idea.
Thanks for the entry, Chandrika.

Pooh said...

Hi Chandrika,
Simple and straightforward recipe, I like it!
Have you tried other veggies with this dish besides peas?

Chandrika said...

U are most welcome, Aparna.

Pooh, I love peas :-) So I try to incorporate it into everything...Any vegetable which can hold up it's shape i.e the ones which do not have a lot of moisture, are good for this recipe...

Archana, mama of twins said...

Hi Chandrika
Thanks fo coming to my blog.. glad you liked my tea shake.. your pasta sounds great.

Welcome back.


mitr_bayarea said...


creamy penne looks yummy...thanks for sharing the sauce recipe..will try it soon.

Priya said...

The pasta looks delicious Chandrika! I don't really like peas but I tend to add it to everything I make, its the color I guess :)) Making the sauce without lumps is something I have to master, got stuck with a few the two times that I made this sauce.

cam balkon said...

thank you for sharing

izmir evden eve said...

thank you for sharing

Jude said...

thanks for such a simple but no doubt pasta recipe. Great photos.

izmir evden eve said...

thank you for sharing

Kitchen Flavours said...

Penne pasta wow looks gr8. Color green and white tempting me to cook.

Rachna said...

hmm this looks yummy :)

izmir evden eve taşıma said...

thank you for sharing

Asha said...

Thanks Chandrika. I am hoping it will all be over soon too and I can come back blogging!
Have a wonderful Deepavali, see you later. Hugs to you!:))

Gabriel said...

Very nice. I have also a site for recipes for cooking. See. I love your recipes. I am from the Slovak Republic. Be translated through Google translate

Anonymous said...

all purpose flour means maida right?

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

That looks nice and creamy. Very comforting. Nice blog!

srividhya Ravikumar said...

i tried this pasta yesterday and it came out well. thanks for the recipe

~mE said...

i tried this yesterday and totally totally LOVE IT

thanks for sharing :)