Rigatoni & Cheese with Peas

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¼ cup Unsalted butter plus more to grease the pan
⅓ cup plus 1½ cups Parmesan cheese grated, divided
¼ cup All-purpose flour
4 cups Milk full fat
1 cup white Cheddar cheese shredded
1 Large eggs
1 lb Rigatoni
1 cup Green peas shelled, fresh or frozen
¼ - ½ cup Salami chopped of choice
2 cups Spinach coarsely chopped
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Parsley coarsely chopped, flat-leaf
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons Fresh mint coarsely chopped
1 cup Ricotta cheese
½ tsp Lemon zest finely grated

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Rigatoni & Cheese with Peas


Rigatoni and Cheese With Peas and Mint is a perfect dinner to make in advance and cook at the end of a hard day. Who doesn’t love a pasta bake? Baked pasta is the heartiest, most comforting, crowd-pleasing meal and this one is no exception with a rich bechamel sauce and not one but two types of cheese.

To make this bake, start by preparing the béchamel sauce. Stir in Parmesan and Cheddar cheeses and an egg. While you heat the oven, cook rigatoni pasta to al dente. Don’t worry, the pasta will continue to cook while baking in the oven. Mix the cooked pasta with the sauce and peas and add spinach, herbs and salami. Assemble the pasta bake and add ricotta cheese and lemon zest before baking in the oven. Serve garnished with chopped parsley and mint.

To make Rigatoni and Cheese With Peas and Mint, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Rigatoni & Cheese with Peas

Steps to make Rigatoni & Cheese with Peas


Make béchamel sauce


Place ¼ cup of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add ¼ cup of flour and whisk together with the butter for a minute or two.


Add milk


Gradually pour in 4 cups of milk and whisk continuously as it comes to a simmer. Once the sauce is simmering, reduce the heat to medium and cook, while whisking continuously for about 10 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat.


Add cheese


Add 1 cup of Cheddar cheese and 1 cup of Parmesan. Whisk the cheese into the sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste.


Add egg


Whisk in 1 large egg until it is fully incorporated. Cover sauce and keep warm until you are ready to use it.


Heat the oven and grease a baking pan


Preheat the oven to 375 °F and lightly butter a 9-inch baking pan. Dust it all over with ⅓ cup of Parmesan.


Cook pasta


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta according to the package directions. Stir occasionally and remove from the heat when almost al dente.


Cook peas


Add peas to the pasta water and leave to sit for about 1 minute until just tender. Drain the peas and pasta and set to one side.


Mix with the sauce


Combine the pasta and peas with the cheese sauce.


Add remaining ingredients


Add 2 cups of spinach, 1 cup of parsley, and ½ cup of mint and ¼ - ½ a cup of salami to the pasta mixture. Stir well until fully incorporated.


Assemble the pasta bake


Spoon half of the pasta into the lightly greased pan. Dot half of the ricotta cheese over the top of the pasta and sprinkle with half of the lemon zest. Transfer the remaining pasta to the pan and dot with the rest of the ricotta. Sprinkle the remaining lemon zest on top along with the rest of the Parmesan.




Bake for around about 40 minutes until bubbling and golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 20-30 minutes.



Serve wedges of the pasta bake garnished with chopped parsley and mint.

This Rigatoni and Cheese With Peas and Mint recipe is a delicious pasta bake that the whole family will love! Try it soon and make sure you tag your pasta bakes with the #cookmerecipes hashtag.

Bethany is very passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and clean diet. She’s trying to cut meat out of her diet as much as possible and focuses on cooking vegetarian food and fish. Bethany gets a kick from finding ways to add new twists to classic dishes. What’s more, thanks to her Asian roots, she’s great at combining different cuisines to come up with something extraordinary. Bethany’s recipes will inspire you to add new colors and flavors to your everyday meals.

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