A Comprehensive Guide to Perfect Pasta: Recipes for Alfredo, White Sauce, Arrabiata, and Pesto Pasta

Indian kitchens are becoming increasingly globalised, with pasta emerging as a popular dish among households. This article delves into the preparation of various pasta recipes, specifically focussing on Alfredo, White Sauce, Arrabiata, and Pesto pasta.

The Basics of Pasta Preparation

Before we dive into the specifics, let’s talk about the basics of pasta cooking. Regardless of the type of pasta or sauce, the cooking method for pasta remains the same.

Always start with boiling water in a large pot. Sprinkle a liberal quantity of salt to season the pasta. When the water is boiling vigorously, add your pasta. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, and cook until al dente, which means the pasta should be tender but still have a bite.

Recipe for Alfredo Pasta

Let’s start with the creaminess of Alfredo pasta. Originating from Rome, this pasta is drenched in a rich and creamy white sauce and often served with chicken or shrimp.


  • 200g Fettuccine pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta as per the basics, then in a separate pan, melt butter and add the cream. Allow it to simmer before adding the Parmesan cheese, stirring continuously until it melts. Mix in the cooked pasta, season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

Recipe for White Sauce Pasta

The white sauce, or Bechamel sauce, is another creamy delight but with a distinct taste from Alfredo. This pasta recipe is usually tossed with sautéed vegetables.


  • 200g pasta of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated cheese (Cheddar or Mozzarella)
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, bell peppers, corn)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Start by making the white sauce. Melt the butter in a pan, add flour and stir until the raw smell of flour is gone. Slowly pour in milk while stirring constantly to prevent clumps from forming. Once the sauce thickens, add cheese, and mix until it melts. Separately sauté the vegetables, mix in the cooked pasta and sauce, season, and serve hot.

Recipe for Arrabiata Pasta

Arrabiata pasta, known for its spicy kick, is a simple yet flavourful pasta recipe. Its sauce is made from tomatoes, garlic, and dried red chili peppers cooked in olive oil.


  • 200g Penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1.5 cups of tomato puree
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta, and in another pan, heat olive oil, sauté garlic and chili flakes. Add the tomato puree and let it simmer until the sauce thickens. Mix in the cooked pasta, season, and serve with grated Parmesan on top.

Recipe for Pesto Pasta

Lastly, we have the aromatic Pesto pasta, where pasta is tossed in a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil.


  • 200g Spaghetti pasta
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Blend basil, garlic, pine nuts, and cheese in a food processor until finely chopped. Gradually incorporate olive oil while consistently blending. Once your pesto sauce is ready, mix it with cooked pasta, season, and serve immediately.


Each of these pasta recipes offers a unique taste and experience, from the creamy Alfredo and White Sauce pastas to the spicy Arrabiata and aromatic Pesto pasta. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to treat your family and friends to a delightful pasta night right at home. Happy cooking!

People’s Questions

Q1: What type of pasta should I use for each recipe?

A1: Fettuccine is traditionally used for Alfredo pasta due to its wide and flat nature which holds the sauce well. Penne is used for Arrabiata pasta as the tube shape allows the sauce to enter inside. Spaghetti works well with Pesto due to its thin, long shape, and for White Sauce pasta, you can use any pasta type, though Penne and Fusilli are commonly used.

Q2: Can I use any cheese for the Alfredo and White Sauce pasta recipes?

A2: Alfredo pasta traditionally uses Parmesan cheese, while White Sauce pasta commonly uses Cheddar or Mozzarella. However, feel free to experiment with the cheeses you prefer.

Q3: What can I do if I don’t have pine nuts for the Pesto pasta recipe?

A3: You can substitute pine nuts with walnuts or almonds, which also provide a nice, nutty flavour.

Q4: Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of tomato puree for the Arrabiata pasta recipe?

A4: Absolutely. If using fresh tomatoes, ensure you cook them thoroughly until they break down and form a thick sauce.

Q5: How can I add protein to these pasta dishes?

A5: You can easily add proteins like grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu to these dishes. Simply cook your protein separately and add it to the pasta just before serving.

Q6: How can I make the pasta dishes vegan?

A6: Substitute regular pasta with a vegan variant, use olive oil instead of butter, and plant-based milk for the sauces. For the Parmesan cheese in the Alfredo and Pesto recipes, you can use nutritional yeast or vegan cheese.

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