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Tuesday, January 22 2013

Melissa Rubel Jacobson uses a few great shortcuts to make her creamy baked pasta. She starts by boiling the cauliflower and rigatoni together in one pot. Then, for a quick and supercrispy topping, she sprinkles the dish with Parmigiano-panko crumbs and broils it. The topping browns perfectly in only two minutes.

 


 
Parmigiano-Crusted Rigatoni with Cauliflower and Prosciutto
Kana Okada
Recipe from 
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
 
 
ingredients
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    3 1/2  tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
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       large garlic clove, thinly sliced
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     cup  heavy cream
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        Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
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    3/4  pound  rigatoni
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     1 3/4-pound  head of cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets
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     cup  panko ( Japanese bread crumbs)
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    1/2  cup  freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
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     ounces  sliced prosciutto, cut into 1/4-inch-thick ribbons
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directions
Preheat the broiler. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook over moderate heat until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Add the cream and simmer until thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
 
Cook the rigatoni until al dente; about 6 minutes before the rigatoni is done, add the cauliflower florets to the pot. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the pasta cooking water.
 
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss the panko with the Parmigiano cheese and the remaining 2 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
 
Return the rigatoni and cauliflower to the pot. Add the garlic cream, the prosciutto and the reserved pasta water and toss until the pasta is coated. Scrape the pasta into a large shallow baking dish and sprinkle the panko mixture evenly over the top. Broil for about 2 minutes, rotating constantly, until the topping is evenly browned. Serve hot. 
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