For the longest time, I could not conclude whether my children prefer cream-based or tomato-based pasta. It seemed that their preferences tend to sway every now and then. But now that my littlest (third) one has moved into adult foods as well, (odd votes) I think we finally have a winner. And I, too, finally settled on a easy-to-do recipe that seems to be an absolute winner among everyone in the house.
My recipe is really an almost replica of its source: http://www.food.com/recipe/creamy-garlic-penne-pasta-43023?photo=150041. Except that I seem to need much more sauce and hence I’m using the same amount of sauce for almost half of the said amount of pasta. Plus I added more stock & garlic to it and then threw in some ham, mushrooms and finely diced tomatoes. Oh, and I also topped it with some grilled bacon which makes it from good to great in my opinion. Although, admittedly, bacons are really artery-choker and a ‘nono’ for the toddler (I toss the bacon in the toddler’s pasta but do not feed him any).
So here goes:
3-4 adults or 2 adults & 3 kiddos
- 2.5 cups of penne or spiral pasta, cooked as directed, drained and kept hot
- 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 200-250ml chicken stock
- 3⁄4 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons parsley flakes (I use dried type)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1⁄3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 3 slices of ham, cut in stripes
- 1 medium size tomato, cored and finely diced.
- 5 pieces of bacon, cut into stripes & baked at 190°c for 15 minutes
- Melt butter and add garlic in a large sauce pan / wok.
- Cook over medium for 1 minute until fragrant and garlic starts to turn color.
- Add flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Stir in stock and milk and cook, stirring frequently, until sauce boils and thickens. Lower flame.
- Add parsley, salt, pepper. Stir to ensure well-mixed.
- Add ham, mushroom & tomatoes. Stir in cheese until melted. Scope out 1/4 of the sauce into a bowl and set aside.
- Add hot pasta into sauce and toss. Serve onto plates immediately. Depending on serving size of each plate, add 1-2 tablespoons of sauce set aside earlier on. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of Parmesan cheese as well as baked bacon. Serve.