Nutty Florentine Pasta

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Ingredients:

  • Pasta of your choice: Penne/Fusilli/Macaroni – 2 cups boiled

For Florentine Sauce:

  • Spinach puree – 1 cup
  • Salt and black pepper powder to taste
  • Butter -1 tbsp
  • Refined flour – 1 tbsp
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Water – 1/4 cup
  • Grated cheese – 2 tbsp
  • To saute the vegetables/meat:
    • Olive oil – 1 tbsp
    • Garlic – 1 tsp chopped
    • Onions – 2 tbsp chopped
    • Mixed herbs and chilli flakes to taste
    • Assorted veggies like carrots/zucchini, corn etc.
    • For non-vegetarians, boiled diced chicken, sliced roast meat, ham/salami/sausages etc. can be used as well.
    • Black/green olives – 3 to 4 for garnish
    • Toasted nuts/roasted almonds/pine nuts etc. for garnish

Method:

  • Prepare all the ingredients for the recipe.
  • Heat a little oil, add the garlic and onions and saute for a few seconds, add in the boiled/pre-cooked vegetables/meat and toss for 2 mins, add a little salt, pepper, herbs, chilli flakes and keep aside.
  • Heat butter and flour in another saucepan, whisk well for 15 seconds, add in the milk, mix well, add in the spinach puree, little water, seasonings, herbs, chilli flakes, mix well.
  • Add in the sauteed vegetables/meat and mix well, add in the boiled pasta and cook together for 2 mins.
  • Serve hot, garnished with olives, cheese, nuts etc.

Chefs Variations:

  • Try using soaked soy chunks in this recipe and saute it with the vegetables.
  • For non-vegetarian variations add diced hard-boiled eggs, cooked chicken liver, slices of cooked seekh kebabs etc.

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A passionate, committed, and competent chef who was awarded the prestigious Bharat Vidya Ratan Award received in 2019 and the Best Chef Asia award received in February 2020, the field of culinary and hospitality education. He has worked with the Taj group of hotels and Kuwait Airways, is considered to be a culinary guru, mentor, and has been an academician in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. He has a few books to his credit like Arabic cookery, Filipino Cookery, 100 ways with Fusion Foods, Lockdown Cooking, Quarantine Memories with Food, and the most awaited Life of a Hotel Management Student. He says "I want to be known as one who could always do something different with a touch of class and a twist of taste".

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