Recipe Servings: 10 portionsRecipe Preparation Time: 60 minutesRecipe Cook Time: 30 minutes
1 pound Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, coarsely grated1 pound mixed soft to semi-hard cheeses, like Cheddar, Fontina, or Gouda4 ounces Pecorino cheese, coarsely grated1/2 cup Japanese panko breadcrumbs1 pound Tortiglioni pasta, we recommend Delverde® Tortiglioni4 tablespoons unsalted butter1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme1 teaspoon cracked peppercorns1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes2 tablespoons all-purpose flour2 cups whole milk1 tablespoon Dijon or spicy mustard
Preheat your oven to 400°F. Mix the grated cheeses together in a large bowl. Transfer 1/2 cup to a small bowl, mix with panko, and set aside (this will be your breadcrumb topping).Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until not quite al dente, about 7 to 8 minutes, drain, and set aside.Melt the butter with the rosemary, thyme, cracked pepper and red pepper flakes in a large pot over medium-high heat until the herbs are fragrant and the butter is melted, stirring occasionally, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, whisk in the flour and cook for another minute. Drizzle in a couple of tablespoons of milk and whisk in. Once the milk is incorporated, add a couple more tablespoons and whisk in. Repeat until the flour paste is somewhat loose, and then add the remaining milk, whisking until smooth. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, while stirring, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3 1/2 to 4 minutes. Whisk in the mustard and cook another 30 seconds. Add the grated cheeses and stir in until melted.Stir the drained pasta into the sauce and transfer to a 3-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with the breadcrumb-cheese topping and bake until the topping is browned, about 25 to 30 minutes. Serve immediately.- Courtesy of Chef Suvir SaranDeliciously decadent, simple to make.