Baked Rigatoni with Bechamel Sauce
- prep time25 min
- total time 55 min
- serves 6
An easy, tasty, cheese pasta dish perfect for a weeknight dinner or side.
1 stick unsalted butter (4 oz)
½ cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 qt whole milk, at room temperature
1 pinch fresh nutmeg
Sea salt and white pepper
1 cup fontina, grated
½ lb(s) thinly sliced prosciutto, julienned
1 lb(s) dry rigatoni
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, diced
1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
2. In a 2 quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. Always stirring, gradually add the milk and continue to whisk until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Simmer until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. This will take approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in nutmeg, 1/2 cup fontina, prosciutto and season with salt and white pepper. Set aside.
3. In a large pot, bring to a boil 6 quarts of salted water. Add the rigatoni and cook for about 5 minutes. Since you will be cooking the pasta a second time in the oven, you want to make sure the inside is still hard. Drain in a colander. Return pasta to the pot and pour in bechamel sauce. Using a wooden spoon, mix well until all the pasta is coated with the sauce.
4. Into a greased 13 by 9-inch baking dish, pour the pasta with cream sauce. Smooth out top and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup fontina. Dot the top with diced butter and bake in oven for 25 minutes or until bubbling and the top is golden brown.