World Cuisine Wednesday…er, Thursday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, World Cuisine Wednesdays | on February 3rd, 2011

I know it’s a day late, but I was snowed in yesterday!   For the last few days, many of us in the United States experienced severe winter weather.  Experts say it was the largest snow storm to sweep across the country in decades!  Here in Portland, Maine we saw 7.3 inches of snow just yesterday alone.  Cold days like these call for warm, rich, snow-day food and what better place to find such a concoction than Italy?  Let’s travel to Italy and bring back a recipe for the perfect comfort food!

This recipe is always a winner, guaranteed to keep you warm!

Rigatoni with Béchamel Sauce

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart whole¬†milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated fontina
  • 16 oz rigatoni (may substitute with pasta of choice)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced

Preheat oven to 425°

Melt butter over medium heat in a 2 qt saucepan.  Whisk in flour until smooth and slowly add milk; whisk until sauce is smooth.  Simmer approximately 10 minutes, until sauce is thick.  Remove from heat, add 1/2 c fontina and set aside.

Meanwhile, boil rigatoni until al dente. Add sauce and mix well.

Pour pasta with sauce into a well greased 9×13 inch oven safe dish and top with remaining fontina and diced butter.¬† Add salt and pepper to taste, and bake for 25 minutes.

Buon Appetito!

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