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Ziti Brussels Sprout Bake

Ziti Brussels Sprout Bake
Ziti Brussels Sprout Bake
Ingredients
  • 8 oz Banza Cavatappi
  • 2 oz Gruyère Cheese
  • 6 oz Brussels Sprouts, sliced thin
  • 1 bunch Sage, chopped
  • 3 Tbsps All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tbsps Butter
  • 2 Tbsps Heavy Cream
  • 1 Shallot, sliced
  • ½ cup crushed raw walnuts
Instructions
  1. Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook 6 minutes, or until just shy of al dente (5 - 6 mins). Reserving 2 cups of the pasta cooking water, drain the cooked pasta thoroughly and set aside.
  2. While the pasta cooks, in a medium pan heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the sage and walnuts; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until fragrant and browned. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. 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, ~4mins, or until softened and bright green. Remove from heat.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Bake in the oven 5 to 7 minutes, or until bubbly. Remove from the oven. Top the baked pasta with the sage and walnuts. Let stand for at least 2 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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