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Five Cheese Baked Pasta

Five Cheese Baked Pasta

 

Well, I’ve not had good luck today!  The good news is the oven didn’t explode until the pasta was baked, the bad news is the oven exploded!  It’s electric and the heating element must have shorted out.  I heard a loud pop and hissing (kind of like when you put metal in a microwave but much louder) and then watched the flame work its way around the heating element on the bottom.   Anyway, the pasta is really good and the recipe can easily be doubled for a big crowd.   

Easy Gourmet Five Cheese Baked Pasta

1   cup cream 

5  cups   milk 

2   Tbsp   cornstarch  

2              Cloves garlic — minced  

2   tsp      ground black pepper   

1   cup     Gruyère cheese, grated   

1   cup   Asiago cheese, grated

1   cup   Mozzarella Cheese, shredded 

1   cup   Fontina cheese, shredded  

1   cup   Parmesan cheese grated  

 1   lbs    Penne or other medium pasta shape  

               pepper, to taste  

Procedure

1   Put 2 quarts of well salted water on to boil.  Cook pasta according to package directions.
2   Whisk together cream, milk and cornstarch into a medium size microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8-10 minutes until boiling and thickened.  Add garlic and cheeses, except Parmesan, making a smooth sauce as the cheese melts.

Pasta Sauce

 

 
3   Add a generous amount of ground black or white pepper
4   Drain pasta and put it back into the pot, add the cheese sauce and mix thoroughly.
5   Pour the pasta and sauce mixture into a baking dish (9×13) or 4-5 quart Dutch oven.  Sprinkle Parmesan over the top.

Five Cheese Pasta ready to bake

 

  
6   Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 45 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and lightly browned.  this can be prepared in advance and frozen or refrigerated prior to baking. 

Five Cheese Baked Pasta ready to serve

 

To reheat, add a small splash of milk over the pasta, then microwave for the shortest amount of time to heat and stir to keep it creamy, otherwise it may separate.  If that happens, just add a little milk and stir.   

 
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One comment on “Five Cheese Baked Pasta

  1. Pingback: White Five Cheese Pasta Shells with Ham « Simply Cooking 101

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This entry was posted on May 10, 2010 by in Main Dishes, Pasta/Pizza, Recipes and tagged , , , , .
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