Cheesy Baked Pasta with Prosciutto

With both boys home for dinner,  I served this Cheesy Baked Pasta to appease their voracious appetites as well as the daughter’s picky palate.Cheesy Baked Pasta | Creamy pasta with 3 cheeses, basil and prosciutto

Cheesy Baked Pasta

It was winter break and Sunday is one of the few nights our family of five all eats together. I was inspired by one of Sara Moulton’s recipes in our local paper, but added my own twist. This Cheesy Baked Prosciutto Pasta was born! In Sara’s recipe, the dried penne was soaked in water then baked with a good deal of liquid. I went back to the old fashioned method and boiled my pasta, then tossed it with the rest of the ingredients before baking it up in a casserole dish. Gooey with cheese and flavored with basil, red pepper flakes, minced garlic, and salty prosciutto, this was one splendid mac and cheese!Cheesy Baked Pasta | Creamy pasta with 3 cheeses, basil and prosciutto

The Verdict

Nick, who’s favorite phrase is “I’m always hungry,” loaded, and I mean really loaded his plate up with this pasta. I was hoping there’d be enough left for the rest of the family. Thank goodness there was. Bill balked a bit at my generous hand with the minced garlic so I’ve cut it back a bit to appease his delicate sensibilities. With a cup of cream and loads of cheese, this definitely qualifies as comfort food, so put this one on your menu when the next arctic plunge, polar vortex or deep freeze hits your hometown. Or when you need a hearty, stick to your bones dinner.Cheesy Baked Pasta | Creamy pasta with 3 cheeses, basil and prosciutto

Cheesy Baked Pasta
 
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An easy baked pasta full of cheese, pasta, prosciutto and more!
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Recipe type: Entree, Pasta
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound penne, cooked al dente in well salted water, and drained
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 scant teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, more or less to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded Fontina cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 3 ounces Prosciutto, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350º.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together all the ingredients. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Pour into prepared dish. With a spatula, gently press down on pasta to level it out . Cover with foil.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve hot.

Cheesy Baked Pasta | Creamy pasta with 3 cheeses, basil and prosciutto

Comments

  1. That looks great! The sort of food to cook to feed an army 😀

  2. This looks absolutely comforting and tasty!

  3. My boys would like this one too:@)

  4. Love the addition of Prosciutto to this — it must add such a nice, salty tang. We love pasta any time of the year, but it’s particularly nice when the chilly weather hits. Of course it was in the 60s yesterday after being in single digits last week — weird! Anyway, really nice dish. Good selection of cheeses in it. Thanks!

  5. This dish is right up my alley, Liz! Your pasta looks and sounds delicious and I’d load my plate up with it also. I’m well acquainted with sons and their voracious appetites, and this would be great for them!

  6. This is a perfect winter comfort dish. Will try it soon.

  7. Oh yes … I can see this on our table! Total comfort food with beautiful color. Your family has good taste! Bring on the garlic – I don’t mind 🙂

  8. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    I dont think I could stop eating this everything in there I LOVE!

  9. Hi Liz, how wonderful to have both of your sons home at the same time, your kitchen must be on fire. Looks like a fabulous dish. Wishing you the best in 2017.

  10. This pasta looks great and it’s perfect for a family’s dinner, specially with a hungry one!

  11. My boys are huge fans of pasta and this is such a lovely and easy dinner recipe. Pinned.

  12. Baked pasta is just the thing to appeal to everyone, especially when there’s a chill in the air. GREG

  13. Such a perfect weeknight pasta dish!

  14. I bet the boys loved that stick-to-your-ribs meal! 🙂 Have a great weekend, Liz.

  15. Comforting and tasty 😀 Happy New Year Liz!

  16. Comfort food at it’s best no matter what the weather!

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