Mouthwatering Monday: Four Cheese Baked Skillet Rigatoni

Monday, January 28, 2013

Its been a while since I've posted a good recipe on this blog here!
Wellll I have found one worth blogging about!
Seriously, SO good. 
Its a problem that I'm now cooking all the time and trying out new recipes as a job. 
I continue to "accidentally" make too much so I get to try a bit ;)
Anyhow, this recipe is a problem...
For my figure that is. 
Its a twist on the traditional baked mac n cheese.
Only, seriously better!
Ooey, gooey, cheesy, crunchy, deliciousness. 

I modified the original recipe to fit my own liking. 
I'm in love. So are my taste buds :)

Four Cheese Baked Skillet Rigatoni
serves 4-6
1 pound rigatoni pasta
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressde
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
8 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese
8 ounces freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
8 ounces freshly grated mozzarella cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1 cup shredded chicken
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grate cheeses, placing them together in a large bowl. Boil water and prepare pasta according to directions, cooking for 3-4 minutes less than called-for time.
Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add in olive oil and butter, then throw in a pinch of salt. Stir to coat and cook for 2-3 minutes, until soft. Add in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add flour to the skillet then whisk constantly to create a roux. Let cook for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Pour in milk, stirring continuously for another 1-2 minutes. Add in mascarpone and almost all of the grated cheeses, reserving about 1/2 cup of the grated cheese. Stir continuously until mixture thickens, about 3-4 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and garlic salt, then taste and season more if desired. Add pasta and shredded chicken to the skillet and toss thoroughly to coat.
Sprinkle the top of the mixture with remaining cheeses and breadcrumbs. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until top is golden brown and bubbly. Serve immediately.
Note: this pasta will be more oily then traditional mac and cheese due to the mascarpone.

Now go make it!! Seriously!
You will not regret it, until you put your jeans on the next day :)
You can thank me later ;)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

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