In all seriousness, did anyone else's catch on fire? Everything was rolling along just fine, put it in the oven (on broil) and within two minutes the whole thing was on fire. After we scraped off the burnt stuff the verdict was this is just ok. Nothing great. The leftovers were better the second day after everything melded together. Also, broiling the tomatoes for 20 minutes (with a little olive oil, salt and pepper) worked just fine instead of the 3 hours.
Cavatappi with Tomatoes
Photo: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 ramekin)
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 500
- Fat: 15.5g
- Saturated fat: 8.4g
- Monounsaturated fat: 4.6g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.3g
- Protein: 24.7g
- Carbohydrate: 65.2g
- Fiber: 3.5g
- Cholesterol: 45mg
- Iron: 3mg
- Sodium: 755mg
- Calcium: 328mg
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
- Cooking spray
- 2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
- 1 pound cavatappi pasta
- 2 slices applewood-smoked bacon, finely chopped
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic (about 2 cloves)
- 4 cups fat-free milk, divided
- 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) finely shredded fontina cheese
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
- 1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1. Preheat oven to 250°.
- 2. Combine first 3 ingredients on a lightly sprayed jelly-roll pan. Bake at 250° for 3 hours. Preheat broiler.
- 3. Bring 6 quarts water to a boil. Add 2 teaspoons salt and pasta; cook 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain.
- 4. Cook bacon in a saucepan; remove. Cook onion in drippings 4 minutes. Add flour and garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in 1 cup milk. Gradually add 3 cups milk; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; let stand 4 minutes. Stir in cheeses. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, bacon, tomatoes, and chives. Add pasta. Divide among 8 (10-ounce) lightly sprayed ramekins. Combine panko and butter; sprinkle over pasta. Broil 5 minutes.
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