Use code TRIPLE10 to save $10 on your first three grocery orders.
SideChef
Recipes
Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Cheese
Recipe

8 INGREDIENTS • 15 STEPS • 35MINS

Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Cheese

4.8
6 ratings
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.
Add to plan
logo
Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Cheese
Save
author_avatar
Fine Foods Blog
Hi, I'm Debra! Nothing brings me greater joy than talking about food. Especially talking about food that I’ve traveled far and wide to get to.
https://finefoodsblog.com/
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.
35MINS
Total Time
$3.68
Cost Per Serving
Ingredients
Servings
6
US / Metric
Rigatoni
1 lb
Rigatoni
no. 24 preferred
Bacon
8 slices
Comté Cheese
3 cups
Comté Cheese, divided
or Gruyère Cheese
Bechamel Sauce
Butter
1/4 cup
Butter
Salted or Unsalted
Whole Milk
4 cups
Whole Milk
Kosher Salt
1 pinch
Nutrition Per Serving
VIEW ALL
Calories
874
Fat
50.3 g
Protein
43.9 g
Carbs
70.1 g
Add to plan
logo
Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Cheese
Save
author_avatar
Fine Foods Blog
Hi, I'm Debra! Nothing brings me greater joy than talking about food. Especially talking about food that I’ve traveled far and wide to get to.
https://finefoodsblog.com/

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.
Cooking InstructionsHide images
step 1
Grate the Comté Cheese (3 cups) and set aside.
step 1 Grate the Comté Cheese (3 cups) and set aside.
step 2
Cook Bacon (8 slices) until crispy in a 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 a microwave ovenn 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 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 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 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 11 Add 1 3/4 cups of the grated cheese and incorporate.
step 12
Add 3/4 of the bacon and mix together.
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.
step 15 Remove from the oven and serve immediately.
Tags
view more tags
Comfort Food
Microwave
Date Night
Shellfish-Free
French
Pasta
Side Dish
Thanksgiving
0 Saved
top