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    Parmigiano-Crusted Rigatoni W/Cauliflower & Bacon

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    30 mins

    25 mins

    5 mins

    Manami's Note:

    Melissa Rubel from Food & Wine Magazine, uses a few 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 Parmiagiano-panko crumbs, and broils it. The topping browns perfectly in only two minutes. F&W Magazine, 02/2008 - From World's Best Pastas.

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    1. 1
      Preheat the broiler.
    2. 2
      Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
    3. 3
      In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
    4. 4
      Add the garlic & crushed red pepper, if using, and cook over moderate heat until lightly golden, about 3 minutes.
    5. 5
      Add the cream and simmer until thickened slightly, about 2 minutes; season with salt and frshly ground black pepper.
    6. 6
      Cook the rigatoni until al dente; about 6 minutes before the rigatoni is done, add the cauliflower florets to the pot.
    7. 7
      Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the pasta cooking water.
    8. 8
      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 freshly ground black pepper.
    9. 9
      Return the rigatoni and cauliflower to the pot.
    10. 10
      Add the garlic cream, the crispy bacon and the reserved pasta water and toss until the pasta is coated.
    11. 11
      Scrape the pasta into a large shallow baking dish and sprinkle the panko mixture evenly over the top.
    12. 12
      Broil for about 2 minutes, rotating constantly, until the topping is evenly browned.
    13. 13
      Serve hot with a cherry-rich red blend: 2005 Capezzana Barco Reale.
    14. 14

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 02, 2012


      One of our all-time favorite dishes. Easy to make and full of flavor.

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    • on March 22, 2008


      My husband loves cauliflower, while I am not such a fan. I am always on the lookout for ways that might make it a hit for both of us. This dish, although loaded with calories and very rich, was a winner. It was like an Alfredo pasta with the cauliflower and bacon tossed in. Hubby had 2 HUGE helpings. This is comfort food that could even be served to guests.

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    Nutritional Facts for Parmigiano-Crusted Rigatoni W/Cauliflower & Bacon

    Serving Size: 1 (613 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 984.1
    Calories from Fat 472
    Total Fat 52.4 g
    Saturated Fat 21.8 g
    Cholesterol 174.9 mg
    Sodium 704.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 102.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 11.9 g
    Sugars 11.0 g
    Protein 30.8 g

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