Honeycomb Pesto Alfredo Rigatoni

 

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Honeycomb Pesto Alfredo Rigatoni

 

PESTO ALFREDO RIGATONI*

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sour cream

1 cup of cottage cheese**

15 oz Alfredo sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoons prepared pesto sauce

1 pound cooked rigatoni pasta

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

chopped fresh basil and parsley for garnish

cooking spray

spring form pan

First, heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and spray the springform pan with cooking spray. (I forgot to spray the pan, but fortunately, enough nothing suck too much.)

I filled a large pot full of water to boil so I could start to prepare the rigatoni. Once the water was boiling, I put in the rigatoni and cooked it for about 13 minutes. While I was waiting on the pasta, I mixed the sour cream, the cottage cheese, Alfredo sauce, salt, pepper, and pesto sauce in a large mixing bowl.

 

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Cheesy Mixture

 

I drained the pasta and let it cool for about ten minutes. Then, I melted the butter in the microwave for about ten seconds. I moved the pasta into another large mixing bowl, poured the melted butter over it and added about two tablespoons of the parmesan cheese.

 

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Drained Rigatoni

 

 

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Rigatoni with the melted butter and parmesan cheese

 

After the pasta mixture was complete, I started putting them into the springform pan. Once all of the pasta was standing up straight, I put the creamy cheesy mixture over it and spreading it with a spatula. I topped all of that goodness with the leftover parmesan cheese.

 

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Rigatoni standing tall

 

 

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Ready for the oven

 

This dish went into the oven for 25-30 minutes. (Mine took 27 minutes, but it will vary depending on your oven.) I let it cool for about ten minutes and then removed it from the springform pan. Before I removed the pan, I took a butter knife and went around the edge to make sure the pasta wasn’t sticking to the sides. I topped my beautiful creation off with some fresh basil and parsley.

 

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My creation just came out of the oven

 

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Finished creation!! 🙂 

 

I enjoyed making this dish so much. If you guys make this dish please message me a picture of it on Instagram because I would love to see it. I am starting to cook a lot more so expect tons more creations and recipes.

*The recipe called for ricotta cheese, but I used cottage cheese since we didn’t have any ricotta cheese at this time.

**This recipes I found online and is not by any means my creation. The original recipe is found here.