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Honeycomb Pasta Cake


Honeycomb Pasta Cake

This honeycomb pasta cake is loaded with creamy bèchamel sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese!
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Course: dinner, Quick Recipes, Recipes
Cuisine: egyptian, French, Italian, middle eastern
Keyword: bechamel sauce, honeycomb pasta, honeycomb pasta cake, honeycomb pasta recipe, how to make a honeycomb pasta cake, how to make honeycomb pasta, macarona bechamel


  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups whole milk scalded
  • 3 tsp kosher salt more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon OR nutmeg
  • 1 tsp garlic powder optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper more or less to taste
  • 2 lbs wide rigatoni pasta cooked al-dente
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cook the pasta until al-dente. *Don't forget to salt your pasta water!
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. You want to cook out the raw flour taste. Gradually whisk in the hot milk. Cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is smooth and thickened. Stir in the seasonings. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a buttered 10-inch springform pan add about 2 cups of the prepared bèchamel sauce. Make sure to evenly spread the bèchamel in the pan.
  • Line up your pasta inside the pan, with the noodles standing up. Make sure they are tightly packed. This is how the base of your honeycomb is formed!
  • Top with remaning sauce. It will fill a lot of the noodles! Add mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown
  • Let cool for 20 minutes before removing from springform pan. That helps it keep its shape!


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Meet the Food Dolls, Alia and Radwa!

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!