▢⅓ cup finely chopped red bell pepper (capsicum) or 1 small to medium bell pepper
▢½ cup low fat cream (20% to 25% fat) or half and half or light cream
▢¼ cup cheddar cheese
▢2 tablespoons vegetarian parmesan cheese
▢1 teaspoon dry parsley
▢black pepper powder as required
▢salt as per taste
Heat 4 cups water in a pan and bring it to a boil.
Add 1 teaspoon salt or add as required.
Add 1 heaped cup of penne pasta and give a stir with a fork. Begin to cook pasta on medium to high flame.
Cook pasta till they are al dente – meaning they should have a slight bite to them. Drain all the water and keep cooked pasta aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon butter and let it melt.
Keep flame to low or medium-low and then add ½ teaspoon finely chopped garlic.
Sauté for some seconds till the raw aroma of garlic goes away. No need to brown the garlic.
Add ⅓ cup finely chopped carrots and ⅓ cup finely chopped potatoes. Do finely chop veggies so that they cook fast. You can add your choice of finely chopped veggies. mix well.
Add ¼ teaspoon salt. Add less salt as cheese already has salt. Remaining salt can be added later when cheese is added. mix again.
Add ½ to ⅔ cup water or as required. stir and mix again.
Cover the pan with lid and simmer the veggie mixture on medium-low to medium flame till the potatoes are almost cooked. In between do check and if the water dries up, you can always add some more water.
Simmer till the potatoes are almost cooked.
Then add ⅓ cup finely chopped red bell pepper (capsicum). You can even use yellow bell pepper or a mix of all three bell pepper (green, yellow and red).
Stir and mix well. Begin to sauté bell pepper on a medium-low flame. sauté for 5 to 6 minutes.
Making Alfredo Pasta
Then add the cooked pasta. Mix well. Keep the flame to a low.
Add ½ cup low fat cream (20% to 25% fat). stir and mix.
Switch off flame and add ¼ cup cheddar cheese and 2 tablespoons vegetarian parmesan cheese. mix again well.
Lastly add 1 teaspoon dry parsley and black pepper as required. Also add some salt as per taste if required. You can also use fresh chopped parsley.
Mix and serve alfredo pasta. If after adding cream and cheese, if pasta looks dry then add a few tablespoons of milk or water. Mix again and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.
Serve alfredo pasta garnished with some dried or fresh parsley and some grated parmesan cheese.