I love to cook, I cook everyday, I love cooking for my kids, but in all truth, sometimes it’s just too much. It can become a “job”. And then, when you’re cooking for children, a “chow” (going back to my military school days) just won’t do. You need to bring variety, nutrition, beauty and flavor. Talk about a challenging crowd!! LOL!
That is why I have developed some simple, quick, delicious and nutritious recipes that I can prepare in a blink and get some full mouth smiles from the small but demanding crowd!
I usually prepare this recipe with spiral short pasta (kids dig it!) but you can prepare it with any short pasta (preferably) It also lends itself to be prepared with regular pasta. I have also made variations using macaroni and even with brand boxed macaroni and cheese.
This option is quite interesting, because adding some cream cheese, butter, milk cream, evaporated milk, sweet peas and broccoli can take it to a whole new level. You get something more flavorful and nutritious.
You can also go “gourmet” with this recipe by just adding some fancy protein. Some big shrimp or lobster, a colorful green salad and some crunch and you’ll have a fancy dinner for just about any demanding guest!
I hope you enjoy it!
- 1 lb. short pasta.
- ½ cup evaporated milk.
- ½ cup whole milk.
- 1 spoonful of flour.
- 1 cup of heads of broccoli (without the shafts)
- 3 spoonfuls of butter.
- 1 small can of sweet peas (did not use them this time)
- ¼ white onion.
- 1 spoonful of pasta of garlic (natural, not bought at the store!)
- A basil leaf (optional)
- Parmesan Cheese.
- Salt and pepper.
Optional ingredients for a fancy version
- Big shrimp or;
- Lobster pieces or;
- Fish squares.
Boil your pasta al dente. The final texture will be softer but this will give you some working space for when you’re working your sauce.
Mix all milks and dissolve the flour in the milk. Separate. Remember that the milk should not be hot because if will be difficult to dilute the flour if it is.
In a boiler or big pan put the butter and add the finely chopped onion. Once the onions are transparent add the milk and allow to cook until it has creamy consistency. Once creamy add the protein (if you’re making the “fancy version”) and the pasta.
Allow to cook about 2 minutes, add the peas and the broccoli. Allow to cook about 2-3 minutes more and turn off.
If you have decided to add some aromatic basil leaves this is the moment to add it. (Mix smoothly and allow to rest for a minute)
When serving add parmesan cheese above, and enjoy!
Don’t go far! This is getting hot!
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