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Pasta, White Sauce and Paprika Mushrooms

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Pasta


  • Pasta any type can be used; 400 gms
  • White button mushrooms – 2 cups cubed
  • Smoked Paprika – ¾ tsp
  • Olive oil

White sauce:

  • Maida/flour – 1 tbsp
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Milk – 1-2 cups
  • Red onion – ½ finely chopped
  • Green bell pepper – ½ finely chopped
  • Oregano – to season
  • Salt – to season
  • Black pepper powder – to season
  • Parmesan cheese – 1 cup
  • Parmesan cheese – grated to serve


  • Cook the pasta according to packet instructions, drain (reserve 1 cup water) and keep aside.

To make the mushrooms:

  • Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan and add the mushrooms. Sauté on high heat for about 30 seconds.
  • Next season with paprika and salt and toss well.
  • Sauté for another 30 seconds and keep aside.

To make the white sauce:

  • In a large pot, add butter and the chopped onions and bell peppers. Sauté till the onions are softened.
  • Then add flour and mix well, cook for a minute or two to remove the raw taste.
  • Add 1 cup milk, little by little, and stir on low flame. Continue to stir on low flame till a creamy consistency is attained.
  • Add the cheese and season with salt, pepper and oregano. Mix well to combine. If the sauce feels too thick, add more milk. Remove from heat and keep aside.
  • To finish, add the mushrooms and pasta to the white sauce and mix well to combine. To loosen up (if necessary); add a little bit of the reserved pasta water.
  • Serve warm with grated parmesan. Enjoy with a glass of chilled white.