Baked Pasta

This Baked Pasta is creamy and cheesy… the ultimate comfort food!

This Baked Pasta is creamy and cheesy,  and is the ultimate comfort food!

 

Stress is mounting high people. So much to do, so less time:

  • Looming college applications

  • Cursed personal statements

  • Corporate law stress

  • People problems

  • Diet fiascos

…amidst other stuff has me sleeping 8 hours straight, hoarding up on chocolate and peanuts, and procrastinating like it’s the end of the world!

This Baked Pasta is creamy and cheesy,  and is the ultimate comfort food!

pasta tossed in a rich meaty Bolognese sauce, loaded with a béchamel sauce aka white sauce, and then topped with loads of cheese.

pasta tossed in a rich meaty Bolognese sauce, loaded with a béchamel sauce aka white sauce, and then topped with loads of cheese.

Times like these call for comfort food. And nothing can trump pasta when it comes to comfort food. Not in my house.

This Baked Pasta is creamy and cheesy,  and is the ultimate comfort food!

Loaded with cheese and a rich sauce…this baked pasta is hearty and meaty and deliciously satisfying!

This Baked Pasta is creamy and cheesy,  and is the ultimate comfort food!

It involves tossing pasta in a rich meaty Bolognese sauce, loading it up with béchamel sauce aka white sauce, and then topping the whole thing with loads of cheese.

Delicious, right?

I’ve made this pasta over a bazillion times now. At dinners and gatherings, whenever friends are over, or just on days like these…sad gloomy miserable days.

One pan makes about 8 servings, perfect for parties. You can prepare it ahead of time and freeze it until you are ready to bake it.

pasta tossed in a rich meaty Bolognese sauce, loaded with a béchamel sauce aka white sauce, and then topped with loads of cheese.

If you guys love this recipe as much as I do, and most importantly make it yourselves, please let me know. Take a picture and tag it #spatulainmypocket on Instagram. I’d love to see what you guys come up with!

 

Baked Pasta

Serves 6-8
Ingredients:
Tomato-Meat Sauce
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste, heaped
1 carrot, chopped
½ kilo ground beef
1 teaspoon red chili flakes, leveled
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, leveled
½ cup tomato paste
½ cup sliced mushrooms
White Sauce
2 Tablespoon butter
4 Tablespoon flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon white or black pepper
½ teaspoon mustard powder
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup whole milk
2 Tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese
The rest
1 packet of pasta, prepared according to package directions
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Dried Oregano

 

Directions:
1.       In a pan, heat oil. Fry the chopped onion till it changes color and becomes soft. Add in the ginger garlic paste and fry till golden brown. Add in the carrot. Mix. Then add in the beef and mushrooms. Mix well on high heat for a few minutes. Then add in the; chili flakes, salt, and black pepper. Keep mixing till meat changes color. Then add in a cup of water along with tomato paste. Mix, cover, and leave to cook on low heat for 30-40 minutes.
2.      While sauce is simmering, cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain.
3.      Add drained pasta to the meat sauce, mix and turn off heat. Put the pasta mixture into a large casserole dish and set aside.
4.      For the white sauce: In a small saucepan, heat the butter. Once melted, take the pan off the heat and add in the flour, salt, black pepper, and mustard powder. Mix well using a wooden spoon and bring back to heat. Cook for a minute before adding in the stock and milk. On low-medium heat, mix continuously till the sauce thickens. Remove off the heat and add in the cheddar cheese.
5.      Pour the entire sauce over the pasta. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and oregano on top.
6.      Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 25-30 minutes.

This Baked Pasta is creamy and cheesy,  and is the ultimate comfort food!

 

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Cheesy French Toast

Spice up your morning with this savory twist on French toast!

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Hi.

I’m back.

After a hiatus of almost a month. I have legit reasons I swear.

First there were the horrid mid terms.

I survived Exams From Hell. I am a survivor! (Don’t ask about the result)

Had to be the worst exams of my life. I forgot my pencil case at home TWICE. Had to buy all the stationary again TWICE. Had to use hard-earned money (by my dad) TWICE.

On top of thaaat, I went to Karachi last week. Me and my Anxiety, approximately the size of Boston, went to attend my first ever MUN! Needless to say that it was my first and last MUN. This one experience of nerve-wracking moments, palpitations, curfews, sweltering sun, bed bugs, forlong dreams, Never Have I Evers, dramas, emotional outbursts, Jahidi Jones, and cruising; was more than enough to last me a lifetime.

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I didn’t have time to bake or even think about baking. Although an occasional daydream sneaked it’s way in (totally not my fault). One such daydream was about some hot hot cheesy French toast. Yup. You heard it. C.H.E.E.S.Y French Toast!

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I could never get tired of the good ole classic French toast but sometimes you just feel like jazzing things up a bit.

Turn the classic sugary sweet French toast into the savory kind with the addition and substitution of only a handful of ingredients. Trust me this recipe is so easy, even kids can make it!

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It’s your basic French toast mix; bread, eggs and milk. Add in some chilli flakes, black pepper and salt. Mix in shredded cheese and whatever your vegetables or fillings your heart pleases.

My favorites:

  • Sweet corn

  • Green chilies

  • Green onion

  • Coriander leaves

  • Mushrooms

  • Black olives

  • Bell peppers

  • Cooked chicken

You can make it spicier or less. Add in oregano, rosemary, paprika; whatever you like. This recipe is so customizable and super fun to make.

I’ve used a crusty loaf of French bread here, but you can use plain white bread as well. A day or two old bread holds its shape better, and yields overall better results.

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Give them a try and then thank me the next thousand times you find yourself making them 😉

Cheesy French Toast

Ingredients:
2 eggs
½ cup whole milk
4 Tablespoon shredded Cheddar cheese, or more
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon red chili flakes
2 Tablespoon cornflour, leveled
2 Tablespoon onion, finely chopped
Chopped green chilies + coriander leaves
6-8 slices of French bread or white bread
Vegetable oil/butter
Directions:
Preheat a grill pan or any non-stick pan. Drizzle some vegetable oil or butter.
Place in a bowl all the ingredients except the bread slices. Whisk well. Dip each slice into the batter and place on the grill pan. Cook on medium heat, 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
Serve hot.
Notes:
Add in sweet corn, mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, chicken etc. Customize this recipe however you like.

 

 

 

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Spice up your morning with this savory twist on French toast!