Spinach and Hot Ham Baked Pasta With a Crispy Top

Recipe by rickoholic83
READY IN: 35mins




  • Preheat broiler.
  • Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the pasta, salt the water and cook to al dente.
  • While the water is coming up to a boil for the pasta, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 T olive oil and the butter.
  • When butter melts into the oil, add onions and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes then dust the onions with flour and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in milk.
  • Gently bring milk to a bubble, allow the milk to thicken a bit, then stir in the capicola, spinach and 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano. Season sauce with nutmeg and cayenne and remove from the heat.
  • Combine the cooked pasta and the cubed mozzarella with the sauce, stir to coat completely by turning over and over. Transfer dressed pasta to a baking dish.
  • To make the breadcrumb topping, combine the breadcrumbs, 2 T olive oil and the remaining 1/2 cup Parmigiano.
  • Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top of the pasta to cover from edge to edge.
  • Place the baking dish under the broiler and broil until golden brown and crispy.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley.