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How to make Baked Rigatoni with Bechamel Sauce

Italian Pasta Dish

A great company dish because it impresses in its simplicity while being so delicious.


  • 1 Stick Butter – unsalted, sliced
  • ½ Cup + 2 Tbs Flour
  • 1 Quart Whole Milk – room temperature
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1 Cup Grated Fontina
  • 3 – 4 Oz Pancetta – sliced and rough chopped
  • 1 Lb Rigatoni
  • 2 Tbs Butter – unsalted, diced


For The Bechamel:

  1. In a small pan, cook the pancetta just until translucent. Do not let it crisp.
  2. In a 2-quart saucepan, melt the stick of butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the flour and whisk until smooth -about 2 minutes.
  4. Always stirring, gradually add the milk and continue to whisk until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  5. Simmer until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. This will take approximately 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the nutmeg, ½ cup Fontina, pancetta with its drippings and taste before seasonings with salt and pepper. Set aside.

For The Pasta:

  1. In a large pot, bring about 6 quarts of water to a boil, add the salt and rigatoni.
  2. Stir well so that the pasta does not stick to the bottom of the pot. Continue to cook for about 5 or 6 minutes. You do not want the pasta to be too cooked because you will continue to bake it in the oven. But it should have a little softness to it.
  3. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
  4. Pour in the Bechamel sauce and using a wooden spoon mix it well, making sure that all the pasta is coated with the sauce.
  5. To BAKE: Into a greased 9” X 13” baking dish, pour the pasta scraping the pot to make sure you get all the cream sauce. Smooth the top and sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of Fontina over all. Dot with diced Butter and bake in the oven at 425° for 25 – 30 minutes until the top is golden brown and bubbly. When serving, pass some freshly grated cheese.

Buon Mangiata!

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