Pasticcio di pasta

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    1 hour 5 min

    This dish, which means 'mess of pasta', is without a doubt my daughter's favourite pasta dish and she doesn't care for meat.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 8 

    • 450g short pasta, such as penne, fusilli or rigatoni
    • Bolognese sauce
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • For the Bechamel sauce
    • 100g butter
    • 100g plain flour
    • 1L milk
    • grated cheese, such as Parmesan or Pecorino Romano

    Method
    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 4.
    2. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until tender with a bite at the centre; drain. Heat the Bolognese sauce in a saucepan. Add the pasta to the sauce and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
    3. Prepare the Bechamel sauce: In a saucepan, melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Pour the milk in a little at a time, whisking constantly, until the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat.
    4. Take a baking dish and make one layer with the pasta mixture and then a layer of Bechamel sauce. Make another layer of the pasta mixture and one of the Bechamel. Make the last layer of grated cheese.
    5. Bake the pasticcio in the oven until the cheese is golden and crunchy, about 30 minutes.

    Variation:

    You can use any type of melting cheese like mozzarella, fontina, etc. I usually use whatever cheese I happen to have in the house.

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