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Cheesy Pasta with Bechamel

Cheesy Pasta with Bechamel

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  • 4 cups cooked penne pasta 1/2lb uncooked
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 rd cup all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 3 cups whole milk hot
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a 12" cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and whisk for 2-3 minutes or until mixture is a light golden color. Add milk. Whisk until smooth.  Once bechamel has come to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add salt, pepper, garlic, and nutmeg. Set aside. Remove half of the bechamel in a separate bowl.
  • Add cooked penne to the skillet. Stir until bechamel coats all the pasta. Spread the penne in an even layer. Top with mozzarella cheese, and add remaining bechamel sauce. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until top is golden brown and bubbly. Let sit for 10 minutes before devouring!


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We are Alia and Radwa, two Minnesota moms who absolutely love to cook and experiment in our kitchens. Even though we grew up loving our mom’s Egyptian cooking and learning to bake, we didn’t start cooking until later on in our lives. It is our hope that Food Dolls will be your go-to hub for delicious, easy recipes that empower you to feel comfortable and confident in the kitchen regardless of how much experience you have. You and your family deserve to have decadent, scrumptious meals that don’t break the bank or fill your kitchen sink to the brim!