Weather in Sydney is really peculiar. It changes within the hour. We move from hot to cold or temp fluctuations with no time to spare. This is predominantly due to topography. With no huge mountain ranges to hold the fast-moving clouds, the cities towards the coast heat and cool really fast with the seabreeze.
Now this means, we hardly pack away our baking dishes. Baked pasta happens even in summer. The distinction between summer and winter veggies are not very clear. In that way, we are blessed as we get most stuff all year round.
Following the heatwave, we quickly cooled down. So, baked pasta on the menu!!
Few baked pasta basics
Getting the baked pasta right with the perfect al dente feel is all about a few basics.
The shape of the pasta.
The best bakes are always from short cut pasta. The ones that can hold on to the sauce makes it better like penne, spirals or ziti. This allows serving the pasta easily as well.
While cutting the vegetables to go with it, keep it approximately to the same size.
Cooking the pasta
Here is a solid tip. If you are proceeding with baking the pasta cook it under. Take it off just before it is al dente (to the bite). The baking gives it another cook. Otherwise, it turns a bit mushy.
Size of the baking dish
Very often while baking the pasta, it tends to bubble over and mess the oven. So I prefer to go for the baking dish to be a size bigger than I need and only have three-fourths of it filled. In this way, the sauce stays in the dish.
The thick and juicy sauces make the best bakes. Often I bake a serving of the lentil marinara -click here for the recipe.
Another one I love to bake with is simple white sauce as it gives a creamy dig with baking. This is the one we are exploring today
Scroll down to the recipe for the perfect measurement and hope you enjoy it.
Linking this recipe.
As a reader, you would have come across a number of recipes on my blog that have been linked to Shh cooking secretly a group of bloggers. It is a fun and exciting group where our partners for the challenge assign us two secret ingredients to cook with. Then our fellow bloggers have a little game of guessing the same. This time, I had an exciting adventure with Priya who recommended broccoli and salt as the secret ingredient. The challenge initiated by Preethi was to utilize winter veggies. Thanks to the heavy fluctuations in temperature I can always swing to a winter recipe for comfort in sizzling summer. So here it is.
Enjoy your day, stay safe and if you are in the winter zone stay warm.