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Baked Rigatoni With Bechamel Sauce


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  • 1 stick unsalted butter - (4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour plus
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart whole milk room temperature
  • 1 pinch fresh nutmeg
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground white pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated fontina
  • 1/2 pound thinly-sliced prosciutto julienned
  • 1 pound dry rigatoni
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter diced


Servings 6


Step 1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Bechamel sauce: 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.

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.

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.

This recipe yields 6 servings.

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