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Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Cheese

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This creamy rigatoni with bacon and comté cheese is an easy pasta recipe that’s comforting and elegant at the same time. It's rich and delicious, yet made with simple ingredients. Everything you expect French food to be. (Partnership with Panasonic)

35MIN

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Ingredients
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Servings:
6
Serves 6
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1 lb
Rigatoni
no. 24 preferred
8 slices
3 cups
Comté Cheese , divided
or Gruyère Cheese
Bechamel Sauce
1/4 cup
Salted or Unsalted
4 cups
Whole Milk
1 pinch
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Nutrition Per Serving
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CALORIES
872
FAT
50.3 g
PROTEIN
43.8 g
CARBS
69.6 g

Author's Notes

Even though it is supposed to be a Mother Sauce, with what I thought would be one true formula, there are as many recipes for béchamel as there are types of French cheese.

Directions

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Step 1
Grate the Comté Cheese (3 cups) and set aside.
Step 2
Cook Bacon (8 slices) until crispy in the Panasonic Microwave Oven, then crumble into pieces and set aside.
Step 3
Fill a large, deep stock pot with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, generously salt the water and add Rigatoni (1 lb) . Cook to al dente according to package instructions.
Step 4
In the Panasonic Microwave Oven warm the Whole Milk (4 cups) slightly. You’re just taking the chill off, not bringing it to a simmer.
Step 5
In a separate pan over medium-low heat, melt the Butter (1/4 cup) .
Step 6
Once melted, whisk in the All-Purpose Flour (1/3 cup) . As soon as it starts to bubble, begin whisking constantly for about 2 minutes.
Step 7
Gradually add the milk, still whisking constantly to avoid any lumps. Once all milk is incorporated, bring it to a low boil and continue to whisk occasionally as it thickens, 4–5 minutes.
Step 8
Once thickened, remove from heat and whisk in the Smoked Paprika (1/2 tsp) and Kosher Salt (1 pinch) .
Step 9
Once the pasta is al dente, drain quickly in a colander and immediately return to the same pot.
Step 10
Add the béchamel sauce to the noodles and incorporate thoroughly. Make sure it's well mixed, with sauce coating the noodles inside and out.
Step 11
Add 1 3/4 cups of the grated cheese and incorporate.
Step 12
Add 3/4 of the bacon and mix together.
Step 13
Transfer the pasta to a cast-iron skillet or an oven-proof baking dish. Top with remaining bacon, then add the remaining comté cheese in an even layer on top.
Step 14
Place under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly and starts to turn golden brown. Comté is a very sturdy cheese and it will stand up to a fair amount of heat before it starts to turn golden brown. But as always, when broiling, be sure to leave the oven door cracked and keep a close eye on it so you don’t burn it.
Step 15
Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Cooking results may vary depending on microwave oven used.

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
872
% Daily Value*
Fat
50.3 g
64%
Saturated Fat
25.8 g
129%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
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Cholesterol
126.1 mg
42%
Carbohydrates
69.6 g
25%
Fiber
11.4 g
41%
Sugars
27.1 g
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Protein
43.8 g
88%
Sodium
654.8 mg
28%
Vitamin D
0.1 µg
0%
Calcium
875.5 mg
67%
Iron
8.2 mg
46%
Potassium
404.6 mg
9%
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