WHAT'S FOR LUNCH: Spanish cavatappi and cheese - Tucson News Now

WHAT'S FOR LUNCH: Spanish cavatappi and cheese

Recipe for Spanish Cavatappi and Cheese from Chef Angel Morales of Nobel Hops.


œ 3/4 Cup Butter (melted)

œ 4 TBSP Flour

œ 2 Cups Chicken Stock

œ 2 Cups Milk

œ 1-tsp Garlic Powder

œ Pinch of Nutmeg (ground)

œ 1/2-tsp White Pepper

œ 3-oz (wt) Manchego Cheese (shredded)

œ 5-oz (wt) Sharp White Cheese (shredded)

œ 3/4 lb Cavatappi Pasta (uncooked)

œ 1-tsp Salt

œ 1-qt Water

œ 2-TBSP Canola Oil

œ Panko bread crumbs

œ Paprika (Spanish)

œ Parsley (Dry)

œ Canola Oil

œ Serrano Ham




  1. Pour water and salt in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Place pasta in water and stir occasionally for 8 minutes.
  3. Drain pasta from water.
  4. Once pasta is semi dried from water, toss in oil and reserve




  1. Place oil in saute pan on medium heat
  2. Add the Paprika and toast for 30second
  3. Add bread crumbs to the oil and toast for an additional 30 seconds.
  4. Turn heat off,add dried parsley and reserve



  1. In a small sauce pot pour melted butter and flour and stir until both ingredients are well incorporated.
  2. Turn the pot on to medium/high heat and begin slowly cooking the flour.
  3. Cook flour for about 1 minute, making sure to stir, then add stock and milk.
  4. Add white pepper, nutmeg and garlic powder to the pot and stir.
  5. Once sauce begins to simmer and thicken turn on low heat and allow to cook for additional 3 minutes.
  6. Add both cheeses to the milk sauce and stir until cheese melts.
  7. Once sauce has become smooth and thick you may reserve.



  1. Place a sauté pan on medium heat for about 2 minutes. 
  2. Once pan is hot, add 8-oz of cheese and pasta to the pan. 
  3. Cook ingredients in pan until sauce has reduced by half. 
  4. Pour pasta into a small skillet and top with a 1-TBSP of bread crumbs. 
  5. Preheat oven to 375 for 10 minutes. 
  6. Once oven has reached 375, place pasta in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. 
  7. Pull skillet out of the oven and garnish with shaved Serrano ham.



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