Macaroni Béchamel

You will need:

2 medium onions chopped, 1 1/2 cup fresh tomato purée, 1 1/2 cup strained tomato, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, 2 pounds of ground beef, butter, oil, milk, pecorino cheese, mini rigatoni pasta

For the Béchamel:

8 tablespoons of flour, 8 tablespoons of butter, 8 cups of milk,

  • Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In a skillet heat 1 tbsp of butter
  • 2 tbsps of oil
  • Add chopped onion
  • Cook the onion until fragrant and translucent
  • Add the ground beef and with the back of a spoon break it up into small pieces
  • Mix the meat with the onion and cook until browned
  • Add 2 tbsps of tomato paste to the browned beef and mix
  • Cook together for 2 minutes
  • Add puréed fresh tomato
  • Add 1/2 tsp sugar and mix it in
  • Cover and let cook for 5 mins
  • Add 1 1/2 strained tomatoes to the meat and season with salt and pepper, mix well
  • Cover and cook on medium low heat for 10 minutes
  • While it cooks, focus on the Béchamel
  • Melt a stick of butter in a new pan, once it melts add flour by stirring it in
  • Cook by stirring constantly, until the paste starts to bubble a little.
  • When it does turn off the heat and add just 1 cup of milk (room temp)
  • Stir well and add the remaining milk
  • Turn the heat back on, continuing to stir until the sauce starts to thicken
  • Adding 1 bouillon cube is optional
  • Add a dash of nutmeg
  • Add salt to taste
  • Take 2 eggs in a separate bowl and beat them, add a dash of black pepper to them
  • Add beaten eggs to Béchamel
  • Cook while constantly mixing until you reach the desired sauce thickness
  • Take 8 tbsps grated pecorino cheese and add it to the Béchamel
  • Mix until the cheese melts completely in with the sauce
  • Take Mini rigatoni Pasta
  • Boil pasta in salted water and cook until it is al denote
  • Take a clean baking dish and grease the bottom and sides with butter
  • Add some of the Béchamel sauce to the pasta and mix together
  • Add half the pasta to the greased baking dish
  • Add meat sauce to the baking dish and spread it over the pasta
  • Add another layer of pasta
  • Pour the remaining Béchamel sauce on top
  • Lastly, add shredded mozzarella cheese on top
  • Add cherry tomatoes
  • Bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 35 minutes
  • Enjoy!

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