For the final of X Factor we had a small group of fans round for a TV dinner! This oven baked pasta is handy, as it can be made in advance and heated when needed.
I put on the water for the pasta and then make a white sauce: to a litre of full milk I add 80 gm butter and 50gm flour and, strirring constantly with a balloon whisk, I bring it to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Off the heat I season the sauce with salt, pepper, nutmeg and a generous amount of parmesan. I cook 600 to 700 gm pasta very al dente, mix with the sauce and put in a lightly buttered oven dish. I sprinkle breadcrumbs on top, dot with butter and cook 20-25 minutes at 200°C.
Very satisfying…but can’t say the same for the standard of the singing in this year’s contest!