- (Always read the recipe twice, assemble, and prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook)
1 stick unsalted butter
½ cup and 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
1 quart milk
Pinch of nutmeg
Sea salt and white pepper to taste
1 cup grated fontina cheese, divided
½ lb. thinly sliced prosciutto, julienned or thinly sliced
16 oz. box or bag of Rigatoni pasta (any brand)
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, diced
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
· In a 2 qt. 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 the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. This will take approximately 10 minutes
· Remove from heat and stir in nutmeg, ½ cup fontina cheese, the prosciutto, and season with the salt and 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
· Grease a 13×9 inch baking dish/pan either with butter or cooking spray
· Drain the pasta in a colander and return the pasta to the pot and pour in the béchamel sauce
· Using a wooden spoon, mix well until all the pasta is coated with the sauce.
· Carefully, pour the pasta and cream sauce mixture into the greased 13×9 inch baking dish
· Smooth out the top with a wooden spoon and sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup fontina cheese
· Dot the top with the diced butter
· Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until bubbling and the top is golden brown.
· Serves 6 to 8 people
· Suggestion: Serve with a salad and garlic bread
- tsp. means a teaspoon and tbsp. means tablespoon – always use a measuring spoon not a piece of silverware
- Prosciutto is an Italian cured ham that can be purchased at a deli counter. It does come prepackaged in supermarkets and I’m sure it’s fine, but if at all possible, have it freshly sliced. Price around as it is expensive, and I found that BJ’s Wholesale Club’s deli counter has the best price in the area.
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