Thursday, 6 August 2015

Rachel Khoos rigatoni pasta with mushrooms|Rigatoni pasta in Bechamel sauce

Why walk when you can dance.Right!likewise why have a simple pasta in Bechamel sauce .Make a beautiful garden of pasta,mushrooms,mixed herbs and chilli have it!

Today I am super active,happy and enthusiastic.
I am doing something that is keeping me on my toes(well literally)
I am dancing it is said dancing is like dreaming with your feet!!!

I am practising my Bharatnatyam dance moves(thanking my dance guru every minute).I have been learning dance since 8 years of age!
All the dance Mudras...Pataka ,tripataka ..make me feel as if I am floating and when I tap my feet on every taal,its like poetry of the foot.

The better,more amazing version of you cant happen if you stay where you are.
Dance is helping me meet my better version since childhood.
And now writing all about food is taking me one more step towards a better me.

Life is about taking chances,trying new things.Never be afraid to try something new,because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know.

You cant buy happiness
But you can buy an ice cream
And thats kind of same thing

With all these poetic and motivational thoughts I present you my idol Celebrity chef Rachel khoo(rachel khoo ) 's Rigatoni pasta with bechamel sauce.

As always this dish is quick to make,good to look and delicious to eat!

Preparation time:30 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes

For Bechamel Sauce:

  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 1 cup all purpose flour
  3. 2 cups lukewarm milk
  4. 1 cup lukewarm water
  5. 2 tsp crushed black pepper
  6. Salt as per taste
For pasta:
  1. 4 cups rigatoni pasta
  2. 2 cups button mushrooms(roasted in 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil)
  3. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1 pot full of boiling salted water
  5. 3 cups of grated cheddar cheese
  6. 1 tsp dried mixed italian herbs
  7. Chilli flakes to garnish
  1. To make Bechamel sauce,melt butter in a large frying pan.Add all purpose flour to it and mix well till no lumps.
  2. Take the pan off heat,gradually add milk,whisking constantly.Now add water,whisking at the same time.
  3. Keep the pan back on medium heat,add salt and black pepper and let the sauce simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.Add milk if sauce is too thick.
  4. Put the pasta in boiling salted water and cook for 2 minutes or as per packet instructions.After 2 minutes,drain water and add cold water to the pasta to stop cooking process.Add extra virgin olive oil to the pasta and keep aside.
  5. Now add cheddar cheese in the bechamel sauce and stir well.
  6. Take 2 small pots as seen in the pictures,arrange the rigatoni pasta upright tightly in the pots.They will look like honey comb.
  7. Now pour sauce over the pasta.Tap the pots so that sauce can reach all nooks and corners.
  8. Decorate the pasta with mushrooms on top .Garnish with chilli flakes and serve hot.

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  1. Rachel Khoo is an amazing and cute person. I really like the fact that you replicated one of her recipes. Some times we watch recipes on TV but never try them. Thank you for sharing... p.s. wish you best of luck with your Bharatnatyam dance...

  2. This looks so good and so does your dance moves! :)

  3. I understand your passion for dance..I have been trained in dance amd art since I was 4 yo. First creative & Rabindranitrya and then Kathak.Its a love of this life!

    As for Rachel khoo..with that bold lips, pretty vintage dresses and those culinary skills who can resist ?!
    so inevitably great post Shivani..Jem of a recipe :)