Monday, December 01, 2008

Baked Rigatoni with Meat and Cheese Sauce

Ok folks, I made this last week on a whim...and I must tell you that it was A-MAZING!!! Please, hear me when I tell you that you must try it!!!

For the meat sauce:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 lb. sausage
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
14 oz. can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp dried italian herbs
2 tbsp tomato paste (I used an entire 6 oz. can)

For the cream sauce:
1/4 c. butter
1/2 cup flour
1 3/4 c. milk
2 egg yolks
1/2 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese

12 oz. rigatoni
salt and ground black pepper
fresh basil sprigs to garnish

To make the meat sauce, heat the oil in a large skillet and brown the ground beef and sausage. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, herbs, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, to make the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan, then stir in the flour and cook for 2 mins, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually stir in the milk. Return the pan to the heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until thickened. Add the egg yolks, cheese, salt & pepper to taste, and stir until the sauce is well blended. It will be thick.

Preheat the broiler. Cook the pasta in plenty of salted water. Drain, and pour into large mixing bowl. Pour on the meat sauce and toss to coat. Now, you can either divide the pasta up into individual flame-proof serving dishes, or just put it in one big casserole dish. Spoon the cheese sauce over the top and place under the broiler until brown. Serve immediately, garnished with fresh basil.

Yum, yum, yum!!!!!


California Girl said...

ok I gained a few pounds just reading this. Yum! Thanks for another terrific recipe!

Jen said...

May just make that tonight!! YUM! Thanks for sharing! By the way...your chicken pot pie recipe was a HUGE HIT with my family!! Everyone LOVED it and kept going back for more!

Miss Got Wings said...

mmmmm . . . . . cheese! That looks so delicious. Maybe I'll try that tonight. After a trip to the gym of course b/c I can't imagine that's good for my thighs :) heehee

Miss Got Wings said...

oh, do you temper the eggs on this one? won't they scramble when you add them to the hot mixture?

Kuckie said...

CG - It won't hurt you to gain a few pounds...go ahead and enjoy!

Jen - You will love's so good! I'm glad the chicken pot pie was a was here too!

Kate - Do try it, you won't be disappointed! And don't worry about the eggs, you're only using the yolks and you're adding them after the milk. No worries!

terri said...

That looks incredible and I KNOW my kids would love it! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Claire said...

Great recipe - just realized how much I need a printer to go with my new laptop!!!

kenady said...

is there a dairy free version? it looks so yummy!

ps... love the chocolate emergency kit you sent logzie! you are the best!

Logziella said...

That looks A-mazing!!! (LOL!)

I'm a gonna try it too! :)

Miss Got Wings said...

OK - just made it and ate it! At first I was like 3 lbs of meat - seriously? But, it's no joke. It was delicious, Tony loved it too. Thanks for sharing another great recipe. I've got enough to feed us the rest of the week :)

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