Ragu Casserole with Garlic Sauce


This is what I mean by a page turner—a recipe that requires other recipes. The white sauce though is a pretty quick fix though. This can be assembled like a lasagna, but I like to get it into the oven with a bit less fuss. Serve with a big green salad. Serves 4 or 5.

  • 1/2 pound dried pasta, a fluffy shape, like corkscrews
  • 2 cups white sauce (recipe follows)
  • 4 cups beef ragu (see beef ragu)
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • Grated parmesan cheese

White sauce:

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Make the white sauce while cooking off the pasta.
  2. White sauce: Melt the butter and stir in the flour. Add the garlic and stir until the garlic begins to brown.
  3. Gradually whisk in the milk, making sure it is always smooth. Stir in salt and pepper to taste and gently simmer for about 5 minutes. Fish out the garlic, mash it, and stir it back in.
  4. Drain the pasta and toss with the ragu. Put it in a baking dish. Pour the white sauce over the top and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake until brown and bubbly. Serve with parmesan cheese.
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