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White Cheddar Cheese Pasta with Mushrooms and Spinach

A universally acclaimed pasta by kids - yummylicious white sauce pasta with white cheddar cheese, spinach, and mushrooms
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 3
Author: Srividhya G

Ingredients

  • Pasta – 2 cups I used Farfalle
  • Water – 4 cups
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Chopped Spinach – ½ cup
  • Chopped Mushroom – ½ cup
  • Mixed Italian Herbs – 2 tsp
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
  • APF – 1 tbsp
  • Pasta Water – ½ cup
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Freshly grated Pepper – ½ tsp

Instructions

Prep-Work:

  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. I bought 4 cups of water to boil by adding one tsp of salt and one tsp of oil. Then added 2 cups of pasta and cooked for 8 minutes.
  • I reserved ½ cup of pasta water and drained the rest.
  • Mix the 1 tbsp of APF in the reserved pasta water and set aside.
  • Clean and chop the mushrooms and spinach.
  • Shred ¼ cup of white cheddar cheese.

Steps:

  • Heat a pan or skillet and melt the butter.
  • Now add the chopped spinach, mushroom, salt, and mixed Italian herbs.
  • Cook until the spinach wilts and the mushroom is soft and tender.
  • Now add the pasta water with APF and the cheddar cheese.
  • Followed by the cooked pasta.
  • Toss them all together.
  • Cook until the cheese melts.
  • Finally, add the olive oil and freshly grated pepper and gently mix once.
  • That’s it. White sauce pasta is ready.

How I Pack:

  • Spread the pasta on a plate and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  • Then transfer it to the tiffin box and wait for two more minutes before putting the lid.
  • As I used merely a ¼ cup of cheese, it doesn’t harden, but cheddar tastes decent when it is not warm. So far no complaints from vaandu. 

Notes

  • You can include corn and other veggies of your choice. Also, skip spinach or mushroom.
  • I did not add any onion by my Italian herb mix contains dried onions. If you can’t source it, just add a blend of dried basil and oregano is sufficient or fresh basil leaves will do all the magic.
  • You can replace pasta water with milk.
  • Adjust the salt and pepper as per your preference.