Friday, May 6, 2011

Elbow Macaronis in Creamy Oats & Almond Sauce

A hearty breakfast/brunch for me is the very filling Oats Porridge (kanjee). My daughter doesn't fancy oats as kanjee much and with great difficulty was spooning down her portion. Watching her sulk n eat gave me an idea.
I asked her to watch television promising a dish that she would very much enjoy!
What followed next was making a sauce for the pasta with the Oats Kanjee & Almonds in fresh cream. The final step was to dunk the cooked elbow pasta in the sauce and dress it up with some more powdered almonds. Since I was in a hurry to give her the breakfast , the dish lacks some fresh herbs, but feel free to add chopped celery or parsley to bring more taste to the palate

My daughter simply loveddddddddddd it, she never could guess that her favorite pasta dish had the Oats porridge which she had trouble eating! She has asked me to make something similar in future too, so that gives me a few ideas to include oats in more merrier ways - Watch out this space!

What's in it:-

For the Sauce:-
  • Oats Porridge (Kanjee) - 1 cup 
  • Onion- 1 (large) - sliced
  • Garlic - 2 to 3 pods - chopped
  • Almonds - a few - roasted n pulsed roughly
  • Cream - 2 to 3 tsp (I used Amul fresh Cream)
  • Grated Cheese - 1/2 cup - to taste
  • Butter /Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Salt N Pepper - To Season
For the Pasta :-
  • Elbow Shaped Pasta - 1 big cup -cooked as per directions (can also use shell shaped,farfalle,fusilli)
For the Final Garnish:-
  • Powdered Almonds
  • Tabasco sauce - a few drizzles - to pep it up - optional
  • Oregano 


Make the porridge with enough water & milk to a porridge consistency.Cook the Pasta as per directions and set aside. Also if not using immediately add a few drops of oil and toss it. This helps the pasta to remain sticky free and fresh ! Be sure to retain the water in which pasta was cooked. This adds to the taste also if the dish becomes too dry this helps in bringing the right texture.
Dry roast the almonds and pulse them roughly. Set aside.

In a pan add butter and saute the chopped garlic pods and onions for a few minutes. Add the roughly pulsed almonds and give it a good stir. Now add the Oats porridge and as it comes to a boil add the fresh cream and the grated cheese. Mix well & season it with salt and pepper and let it simmer for a few minutes. 

Remove from fire and toss the pasta just before serving and mix well. Add the starchy water if the dish is too dry and garnish with powdered almonds, oregano and a few drizzles of Tabasco Sauce.
Serve hot !

Enjoy !

Linking it to my event Fast Food Not Fat Food, brain child of Priya Mahadevan


  1. Macaroni is my kids fav .. got to try it out.


  2. Wow....looks yummy!!! nice & innovative...the things ppl do to make kids eat!!!!!!

  3. Lovely idea to sneak in oats to kids favourite dish..pasta.

  4. Wat a wonderful macaronis, just love the sauce simply the addition of oats..

  5. Love that creamy sauce...yum recipe...

  6. Good to hear that you succeeded to make her relish this pasta. Healthy and delicious

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. This is so creamy! Very nice and lovely!

  8. Priya, almond sauce ke naan indha pasta ku fan ponga.. Superrrr

  9. I just bought a pack of elbow macaroni!...this looks perfect!

    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  10. Yum Yum macaroni, Healthy too. Good idea of adding almonds, cream.

  11. Looks so creamy yum and rich... kids and so will adults love it...

  12. never heard of oats and almond sauce .. but it sure does look yummy and rich !

  13. omg..what an excellent n innovative recipe..great combination of oats n pasta..i just loved it..will surely try this out..thanx dear for sharing this :)

  14. wow.. i am drooling here.looks so good..

  15. Wow you are very innovative Priya.Macaroni looks so delectable.

  16. That is really innovative idea Priya. everything you added makes it more delectable.

  17. Thanks! One more way of pushing down oats. Only I will powder it to make the sauce. Moms can be deadly! Ha ha!

  18. That is such a healthy and wonderful twist - My mil is visiting and we make oats kanji everyday - I will try this out this week - WONDERFUL post ss :)
    Happy Mother's day to you - xoxo priya

  19. No wonder your little one loved this macaroni. It's not only healthy, but absolutely yummy with creamy goodness. Great recipe...thanks for sharing, Priya. Hope you had a beautiful Mother's Day:DDD

  20. it's looks so creamy and with oats it is a healthier version of pasta...good kids will love it...

  21. Love pasta in any form and this looks delicious...

  22. yummy pasta dear..looks very rich too!

  23. Hi Priya,

    Yummy and creamy pasta, nice way of adding oats in to the receipe which is very healthy.

    Thanks for sharing.

  24. My daughter will love this!! Nice space you have here :)

  25. Sounds like a new pasta recipe- can't wait to try it for my kids!

  26. Nice and innovative recipe. Looks yummy and delicious. Wonderful and healthy dish.

  27. Oooohhh this is so mouthwatering and one of my favorite comfort foods is pasta. But the best part of your recipe is the sauce with almonds...has to be rich and Yummy!!

  28. How clever to sneak those oats in! It sounds delicious...

  29. Hi Priya,
    Some awards are waiting for you at my space, so plz drop by my blog and collect them, as you deserve it..


  30. Cool recipes.. following your blog..