Wednesday, February 05, 2014


The title itself is enough to make anyone stop in their tracks. A recipe which is cheesy, having Mascaspone cheese with Linguine pasta cannot possibly go wrong, am I right? With schools re-opened after December holidays and kids rushing to school in the wee hours of morning, I have been contemplating on healthy Kids' lunch box options to get them through the day. As my girl leaves home as early as 6.30am, I have to pack two meals for her - one for mid-morning and another for lunch. This Linguine pasta was served to us by my sister-in-law Kamal during one of our visits to their place and it got my kids addicted with its fabulous taste. Then on,I have been packing this for their lunch box, tweaking the base recipe with variations in the veggies added to it.

Preparation time : 5 mins
Cooking time : 20 mins
Serves : 4


Linguine pasta - 250gm
Oil -2 teaspoons (I used Olive oil)
Potato - 3 (cut into halves)
Carrot - 1 big (diced)
Peas - 1 cup (Frozen or fresh)
Mascarpone cheese - 4 tablespoon
Lemon rind and juice - Of 1/2 a lemon (adjust according to your taste)
Pepper powder - 1 teaspoon
Salt - As needed
Corriander leaves - To garnish      


1. Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Add a tsp of oil and salt to it and cook the Linguine until al-dente. Do not overcook. Drain the pasta, reserving 2 tblsp of pasta water.

2. While it cooks, pressure cook carrot, peas and potatoes. This can be done easily if you have a steamer.


3.  Meanwhile, combine cheese, lemon rind and juice, salt and pepper powder in a separate bowl and stir with a hand whisk to form a creamy sauce.

4.  Once the potatoes are cooked, using a potato masher and mash well without lumps. Add this to the cheese mixture together with the pasta water and whisk again to combine. The whole process takes only about 5mins. Set aside.


5.  Add the remaining oil to a saucepan, throw in the carrots, peas and the pasta and stir-fry for half a minute.


6.  Turn down the heat to minimum. Add cheese sauce to pasta and toss to combine. Garnish with corriander leaves.


This pasta is easy and takes a little time to whip up, but is luxuriously creamy and less spicy, all of which makes up for a delicious Kids' meal. 

1 comment :

  1. This is really delicious.I am a pasta lover,so I feel like having a bite... :)