The Baked Vegetables in White Creamy Sauce is a delicious, wholesome, and irresistible continental-style vegetarian dish.
Ready in just under an hour, this creamy vegetable bake recipe features a colourful assortment of vegetables coated in a rich, creamy white sauce, topped with a generous layer of cheese, and baked to absolute perfection!
The white sauce is a show-stealer and adds spicy and peppery flavours, the cheesy crust on the top adds a crunch, and both get perfectly balanced by the sweet undertones from the vegetables – pure indulgence in each bite!
A fantastic way to upgrade bland veggies, it will be loved by kids and adults alike. And with Zilli’s, you can skip peeling and chopping garlic and onions – saving you more time and effort!
Here is how you can make baked vegetables in white sauce:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes.
Cooking Time: 40 minutes.
Serves: 2 people.
Course: Main Course.
- 750 ml water.
- 2 small carrots (finely chopped).
- 10 beans (finely chopped).
- ¾ cup cauliflower (finely chopped).
- ½ cup peas
- ½ cup corn
- 1 tsp butter
- 3 tsp all-purpose flour (maida).
- 1 tsp Zilli's Red Onion Powder
- ½ tsp Zilli's Garlic Powder
- 500 ml milk
- ½ tsp sugar
- ½ tsp black pepper powder
- 2 cheese slices
- 1 tsp red chilli flakes
- ½ tsp oregano
- Salt as per taste
- ½ cup grated cheese.
How to Make Baked Vegetables in White Creamy Sauce:
Wash and finely chop the vegetables into even, bite-sized pieces.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
- Boil the water in a large container with ½ tsp salt.
- Add carrots and beans to the vessel. Parboil for 2 minutes.
- Next, add cauliflower and parboil for another 2 minutes.
- Finally, add your peas and corn. Cook for another minute.
- Close the flame and cover with a lid for a minute.
- Strain the water and set the vegetables aside.
The White Sauce:
- Heat and melt 1 tsp butter in a pan.
- Add maida (all-purpose flour).
- Sauté and roast the flour over low heat till it turns light brown and smells slightly nutty.
- Add Zilli’s Red Onion Powder and Garlic Powder. Sauté well.
- Add the milk steadily while stirring or whisking to avoid lumps.
- Keep stirring until no lumps are left.
- Once the sauce thickens, add sugar and season with salt and black pepper powder. Stir well to combine.
- Add cheese slices, red chilli flakes, and oregano. Stir well. Your white sauce is ready!
Assembling & Baking:
- Add your parboiled vegetables to the sauce and mix well for 2 minutes.
- Grease a baking dish with some oil or butter.
- Transfer the vegetable and sauce mixture to the baking dish.
- Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over the vegetables.
- Bake at 180° for 25 minutes.
Your Baked vegetable in white sauce is ready to serve and enjoy!
Tips and Variations for Baked Vegetables in White Sauce Recipe:
- Each vegetable has a different cooking time. It’s important to follow the order as given in the recipe to ensure everything is cooked well.
- You can add any sort of veggies you like to this recipe. Feel free to add onions, broccoli, red and yellow bell peppers, capsicum, zucchini, mushrooms, etc.
- You can substitute maida (all-purpose flour) with whole wheat flour.
- Don’t add salt to the milk until the sauce has thickened to prevent milk from curdling.
- Feel free to use a variety of cheeses such as mozzarella, cheddar, or parmesan for the topping.
Variations for this Baked Vegetables in White Sauce Recipe:
Chicken: Make this dish even more wholesome and filling by adding cooked and shredded chicken to the sauce along with the vegetables.
A Pasta Twist: You can add your favourite pasta to the sauce in this recipe. Choose to bake it or enjoy it straightaway.
No-Bake Version: Don’t have an oven to bake? You can make it on the stove-top. Once you mix the vegetables in white sauce, sprinkle the cheese, and let it melt over it. Of course, this won’t have a crusty top like the baked version, but it will still be delectable!
This baked vegetables in white creamy sauce recipe can be served warm as the main course.
You can eat it directly or pair it with garlic bread, focaccia, sourdough, baguette, or other toasted bread.
It can be enjoyed with a warm bowl of soup, potato dishes, or as a side dish to meat dinner.
If you’d like to have it later, you can cling wrap it and store it in the fridge for a day. Later, it can be reheated and served hot.