Cook With Manali's White Sauce Pasta

Creamy and cheesy White Sauce Pasta is the ultimate comfort food! Packed with veggies, this is also a great way to sneak in veggies for picky eaters!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword white sauce pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 638 kcal
Author: Manali
4.5 from 8 votes


  • 2 cups penne pasta, 200 grams, or use 1 cup (100 grams) pasta for more saucy pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 small red onion, diced or chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, sliced
  • 1 small green pepper, sliced
  • 3/4 cup broccoli florets, optional
  • 1 tablespoons oil
  • 4-5 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1.5 tablespoon all purpose flour, also known as maida
  • 1.5 cups milk, warm
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, or use milk, cream makes it more creamier
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes, optional
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated processed cheese, I used cheddar, optional, cheese makes it richer
  • parmesan cheese, optional, to serve, make sure it's vegetarian


  1. Boil the pasta according to instructions on the package and drain. Note: use only 1 cup pasta if you like more sauce in your pasta. While the pasta is boiling chop all the veggies.

  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan on medium heat. Add all the veggies - onion, peppers and broccoli and cook for 2 minutes. You want veggies to remain crunchy. Remove the veggies from pan and set aside.

  3. To the same pan, now add olive oil and the remaining tablespoon of butter. Once the butter melts, add the chopped garlic and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant.

  4. Then add in the flour. Whisk the flour continuously, using a wire whisk for around 1 minute. You don't have to brown the flour.

  5. Then add the in the milk and the cream. You can skip the cream and use only milk here.

  6. Whisk to combine. Let the sauce simmer for 2 minutes.

  7. The sauce will thicken and coat the back of the spoon.

  8. Add oregano, Italian seasoning, red chili flakes (if using) and mix. Also add salt and black pepper to the sauce.

  9. Let the sauce simmer on medium heat another minute or so and then add the cheese (if using) and mix until it melts. Now turn the heat to the lowest.

  10. Stir in the boiled pasta and the sauteed veggies. Toss until the pasta and veggies are coated with the sauce. Taste test and adjust the seasonings at this point.

  11. Serve white sauce pasta immediately out of the pan with parmesan cheese if needed. Tastes best when fresh. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
White Sauce Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 638 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 154mg7%
Potassium 525mg15%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 2120IU42%
Vitamin C 72mg87%
Calcium 211mg21%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.