Baked Fontina Pasta with Brussels Sprouts & Sage Breadcrumbs

Baked Fontina Pasta

with Brussels Sprouts & Sage Breadcrumbs

30 MIN
3 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Chefs, have we got a treat for you—in the form of creamy, savory, oven-baked pasta. We’re using ruffled campanelle pasta, named for its resemblance to bellflowers. The pasta’s unique edges cling to the rich Fontina cheese béchamel, making campanelle the perfect choice for this dish. As an added textural element, we’re infusing panko breadcrumbs with sage and sprinkling them on top to complete the meal. Forget ziti— let’s bake something special!

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  • Nutrition
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  • Calories
    600 Cals (est.)
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Baked Fontina Pasta with Brussels Sprouts & Sage Breadcrumbs
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Cut off and discard the rind of the Fontina cheese; grate the cheese. Cut off and discard the stem ends of the Brussels sprouts. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise; thinly slice the halves. Pick the sage leaves off the stems; discard the stems and finely chop the leaves. Peel and thinly slice the shallot.

Cook the pasta:
2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook 9 to 11 minutes, or until just shy of al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 2 cups of the pasta cooking water, drain the cooked pasta thoroughly and set aside in a warm place. Rinse and dry the pot.

Make the sage breadcrumbs:
3 Make the sage breadcrumbs:

While the pasta cooks, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one) heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the sage and breadcrumbs; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until fragrant and browned. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the Brussels sprouts:
4 Cook the Brussels sprouts:

In the same pan used to make the sage breadcrumbs, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the shallot. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the Brussels sprouts; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened and bright green. Remove from heat.

Make the Fontina béchamel sauce:
5 Make the Fontina béchamel sauce:

In the same pot used to cook the pasta, melt the butter on medium-high. Once melted, add the flour; cook, whisking frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until toasted and fragrant. Slowly whisk in the heavy cream and reserved pasta cooking water; cook, whisking frequently, 2 to 4 minutes, or until thickened. Add the Fontina cheese; stir until melted and combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.

Finish & bake the pasta:
6 Finish & bake the pasta:

Add the cooked pasta and cooked Brussels sprouts to the pot of Fontina béchamel sauce. Stir until thoroughly combined; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish. Place the baking dish on a sheet pan. Bake in the oven 5 to 7 minutes, or until bubbly. Remove from the oven. Top the baked pasta with the sage breadcrumbs. Let stand for at least 2 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Cut off and discard the rind of the Fontina cheese; grate the cheese. Cut off and discard the stem ends of the Brussels sprouts. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise; thinly slice the halves. Pick the sage leaves off the stems; discard the stems and finely chop the leaves. Peel and thinly slice the shallot.

2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook 9 to 11 minutes, or until just shy of al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 2 cups of the pasta cooking water, drain the cooked pasta thoroughly and set aside in a warm place. Rinse and dry the pot.

Cook the pasta:
3 Make the sage breadcrumbs:

While the pasta cooks, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one) heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the sage and breadcrumbs; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until fragrant and browned. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the Brussels sprouts:

In the same pan used to make the sage breadcrumbs, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the shallot. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the Brussels sprouts; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened and bright green. Remove from heat.

Cook the Brussels sprouts:
Make the Fontina béchamel sauce:
5 Make the Fontina béchamel sauce:

In the same pot used to cook the pasta, melt the butter on medium-high. Once melted, add the flour; cook, whisking frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until toasted and fragrant. Slowly whisk in the heavy cream and reserved pasta cooking water; cook, whisking frequently, 2 to 4 minutes, or until thickened. Add the Fontina cheese; stir until melted and combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.

6 Finish & bake the pasta:

Add the cooked pasta and cooked Brussels sprouts to the pot of Fontina béchamel sauce. Stir until thoroughly combined; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish. Place the baking dish on a sheet pan. Bake in the oven 5 to 7 minutes, or until bubbly. Remove from the oven. Top the baked pasta with the sage breadcrumbs. Let stand for at least 2 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Finish & bake the pasta:
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