Baked Ziti with Pesto Béchamel


This is a really delicious twist on the typical baked ziti. Béchamel is a white “mother” sauce because it is the base to numerous sauces. Its is simply a roux, which is just and flour, then you whisk in milk and it is then cooked until slightly thickened. In this recipe I use a base béchamel and add pesto and a mixture of cheeses to create this Baked Ziti with Pesto Béchamel! Yum!


2 lbs ziti or
1 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
1 shallot, small dice
6 garlic, sliced
3 Tbsp flour
5 cups 1% milk (if you’re trying to lighten it up a bit as I did)
1 1/2 cups pesto
4 cups shredded mozzarella
1/3 cup grated romano, plus extra for the top
2 cups part skim ricotta (again, this is if you want to lighten a bit)


Oven at 375.
Cook the pasta to al dente, drain and set aside in a large bowl.
Into a large pot, over medium heat, add the and butter. Add the and shallot and sauté until softened.
Whisk in the flour until smooth. Add in the milk slowly, continuously whisking to combine. Once all the milk is in and the sauce is smooth, allow to simmer until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the pesto and romano. Season with and pepper.
Pour the sauce over top the cooked pasta. Stir in the shredded mozzarella and ricotta.
Add the pasta to a large baking dish and sprinkle with a little more pecorino. Bake for approx 20-30 minutes until bubbly and browned on top.


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