Three Cheese Baked Rigatoni


When having pasta, I will always pick to have it covered with a creamy cheesy sauce over a tomato sauce any day! I just can’t help myself.

This pasta is coated with a creamy three cheese sauce. One of those cheeses used is a smoked gouda. I love the slight smoky flavor it adds to the dish, but Parmesan cheese could be easily used in it’s place and it would be equally delicious.

I am also a huge mushroom fan and those are included in this dish. No meat is included but you could always mix in some cooked chicken if desired.

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Three Cheese Baked Rigatoni
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. rigatoni pasta
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 8 oz smoked gouda, grated (Parmesan would be a great substitute for this too)
  • 8 oz provolone cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta for a few minutes less than directed on package.
  3. While the pasta cooks, in a large oven-safe skillet, olive oil and butter. Melt butter over medium heat over and add in the onions and mushrooms. Cook just until tender. Add in garlic and cook for a minute until fragrant.
  4. Sprinkle flour over the mixture. Whisk together and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Slowly add in the milk while whisking to avoid any clumps. Add in the salt and pepper.
  6. Once combined and thickened reduce the heat to low.
  7. Set aside ⅓ of each of the cheeses. Then add the remaining ⅔ of cheeses to the mixture. Stir together until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  8. Combine the cooked pasta with the sauce. If your skillet is oven-safe, sprinkle the remaining cheese over the skillet. If your skillet is not oven-safe, transfer the pasta to a large casserole dish (something like a 9 x 13). Top with dish with the the remaining ⅓ cheese that you set aside.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serves 6.

Recipe adapted from Center Cut Cook.

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