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Baked Honeycomb Pasta

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This little spin on the original honeycomb pasta dish will surely leave you asking for more. Pair up with pasta sauce & cheese you prefer.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:11 mins
Baking time:35 mins
Total Time:56 mins

Ingredients

CHEESE SAUCE:

  • 500 ml Milk
  • 4 Tbsps. All purpose flour
  • 2 oz. Butter, 50 gms
  • 100 gms. Strong cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

TO ASSEMBLE:

  • 350 gms Rigatoni boiled, link in the notes
  • 100 gms. Mozzarella cheese chopped or grated, link in the notes
  • 5-6 Cherry tomatoes, as garnish
  • Greens, to garnish, I used basil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Cheese Sauce
  • Roasted Tomato & Pepper pasta sauce, recipe in the notes

Instructions

FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE

  • Add butter to a large saucepan
  • Add all purpose flour to the butter.
  • Roast on low heat till it changes color to light brown.
  • Once roasted, pour the milk in. Stir to remove all the lumps.
  • Turn the heat to medium and start to whisk the mixture. Keep whisking fast as the mixture comes to the boil – the flour will disappear and the sauce will begin to thicken.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste
  • Whisk for another 2 mins while the sauce bubbles, then add in grated strong cheddar cheese until all is mixed.

FOR THE PASTA SAUCE

  • Refer to Tomato & Pepper Pasta Sauce recipe in the notes

TO ASSEMBLE:

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Use a 20 cm/ 8” springform or a loose bottom cake tin or a round baking dish.
  • Cook the pasta in boiling water for 10 minutes (just before the pasta is al dente)
  • Drain (reserve a little pasta water for later use), set aside to cool down.
  • Spoon half cup of pasta sauce on the bottom of your cake tin.
  • Arrange the boiled rigatoni pasta in the pan so that each piece is standing vertically.
  • Place grated mozzarella cheese or chunks on top of rigatoni.
  • Spread the remaining pasta sauce on top, then pour over the cheese sauce.
  • Place halved cherry tomatoes on top of the sauces.
  • Bake the pasta for 30 to 40 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.
  • Cool for 5-10 minutes, then remove from the cake pan.
  • Slice and serve warm.
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American Cuisine, Italian Cuisine
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: baked, cheesy, dinner ideas, homemade, honeycomb, pasta sauce, rigatoni pie, simple recipes, weekend lunch
Servings: 4 People
Author: SUNITA SANDHU