This baked pasta recipe is a huge hit. Baked with creamy fontina cheese and savory prosciutto, it’s the perfect cold night dinner. I actually made this for Clayton’s birthday party the first year we dated. We had a ton of friends over for dinner and people just kept coming back for more. Fortunately, I had doubled the recipe in a large baking dish, and served it with a simple salad. Anyone can make this simple pasta recipe for a party with friends, dinner with family, or date night at home. The leftovers are also delicious!
Baked Pasta with Prosciutto and Fontina Cheese
- 9 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 cups whole milk
- 2 cups grated fontina
- 3 oz thinly sliced prosciutto, julienned
- 1 pound dry paccheri or rigatoni
- Melt 1 stick (8 tablespoons) of butter in a medium sauce pan. Whisk in flour and begin slowly whisking the milk into the flour a little at a time. Continue to whisk until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add the cheese and prosciutto. Season with salt to taste.
- Bring alarge pot of salted water to a boil.
- Add the pasta and cook the rigatoni one minute less that directed on the package.
- Drain and return the pasta back to the pan. Add the sauce to the pan and stir to coat evenly.
- Add pasta to a greased dutch oven or baking dish.
- Dot the top with the remaining tablespoon of butter.
- Bake at 425F for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
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