Sweet Paul partnered with DeLallo Foods to bring the flavors from a childhood trip to Italy into an easy weeknight casserole. I’ll never forget the flavors of the simple combination of cured meat, cheese, and egg.
I remember my first trip to Italy as a boy. My parents, Mormor, and I drove south
from Norway all the way to Rome. I was a bit peculiar for an 8-year old and was happy to be put in charge of the restaurant selection. I knew that we must have the pasta carbonara that I had read about in our travel guide. I’ll never forget the flavors of the simple combination of cured meat, cheese, and egg.
Inspired by this classic Italian dish, I bring you my version of a baked carbonara casserole. I’m using DeLallo Foods’ new Mezzi Rigatoni pasta, along with their prosciutto and olive oil.
1/2 pound DeLallo Mezzi Rigatoni
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 oz sliced prosciutto
5 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
1 heaping cup shredded Gruyere, plus extra for topping
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for topping
salt and pepper
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup frozen garden peas
- Preheat oven to 375 ̊F.
- Cook Mezzi Rigatoni in a large pot of boiling salted water for 7 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Make a roux with the butter and flour in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Slowly add milk while continuing to whisk roux until the mixture thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
- Remove from heat and stir in shredded Gruyere and Parmesan, small handfuls at a time, until a smooth cheese sauce has formed.
- Pour sauce over pasta and stir together. Allow mixture to cool, about 10 minutes. Stir in eggs, 6 slices prosciutto, and peas until fully and evenly incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour mixture into a lightly greased a 9" x 13" casserole and top with remaining Gruyere, Parmesan, and prosciutto.
- Bake for about 30 minutes until the topping is crispy and browned.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes and serve.
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