Baked Pasta with Béchamel and Parmesan

Marsha Gardner

By
@mrdick1950

Pasta al Forno con la Besciamella is the Italian name for this luscious macaroni and cheese.


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Serves:

6 as meal, 10 as side dish

Ingredients

3 c
milk
5 Tbsp
butter, unsalted
5 Tbsp
all purpose flour
kosher salt to taste
dash(es)
freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 c
parmigiano-reggiano, freshly grated
1 lb
rigatoni pasta, cooked or pasta of your choice cooked to a firm al dente`
2 Tbsp
butter, unsalted, cut into small pieces
handful of sliced almonds, toasted for topping if desired

Directions Step-By-Step

1
FOR SAUCE:
Heat milk until hot but not boiling.

Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat – add butter. When butter foams sprinkle in flour and stir with a whisk until well combined.
2
Lower heat to medium low and continue stirring for 2 minutes – do not let flour brown. Remove from heat and whisk in the warmed milk all at once, whisking vigorously to prevent lumps.

Return saucepan to low heat, add salt and cook gently stirring for 3 to 5 minutes or until sauce has a medium thick consistency.

If it gets too thick add more milk and if it is too thin just continue cooking until it reaches desired consistency. Remove from heat and set aside.
3
Butter a casserole dish very well. Add cooked and drained pasta to dish. Top with béchamel sauce and stir lightly to incorporate sauce in to pasta.

Sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg then Parmagiana cheese. Top with small pieces of butter and sprinkle with sliced, toasted almonds if using.

Bake in preheated 375-degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until bubbling. Finish under broiler to create and crisp golden crust.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy