Thursday, September 13, 2012

Creamy Sriracha Pasta Bake

Creamy Sriracha Pasta Bake

Mac & cheese meets hot sauce in this creamy Sriracha pasta bake.  For obvious reasons, this is my favorite recipe of those that I developed for this week.

I’m a pasta-lover.  Odds are you are too.  And most people love a creamy, cheese bechamel sauce.  So a creamy pasta bake with spicy Sriracha sauce just seemed fitting.  And considering that comfort food season is right around the corner, a creamy baked pasta kicks it off in a hurry.  I am so excited for fall flavors, soups and stews, pumpkin and apples!

The pasta bake was very simple, full of flavor and oh-so creamy.  I used simple cheeses and made a thick, creamy sauce, added the Sriracha, poured it over pasta and baked it with some panko on top.  The panko browns to add a nice crunch in contrast to the creamy cheese sauce!

Creamy Sriracha Pasta Bake

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Creamy Sriracha Pasta Bake Recipe

Yield: 4 healthy servings

Prep Time: 20

Cook Time: 15

All of the traditional cheesy flavors of creamy mac & cheese baked with one spicy addition: Sriracha sauce!

Ingredients:

1 pound bowtie pasta (or your favorite pasta)
2 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. flour
2 cups milk
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
3/4 cup (6 ounces) sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded + 1/4 cup for topping
1/2 cup (4 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese + 1/4 cup for topping
1/4 cup (2 ounces) Colby Jack cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Sriracha sauce
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions. Spray a 9x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

While pasta is cooking, heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter, and once it’s melted and bubbly, add the flour. Whisk, creating a roux and cook until the mixture is blended and golden brown (2-3 minutes) Stream in the milk, stirring constantly, and bring to a boil. Continue stirring until milk thickens. Stir in the nutmeg, oregano and grated cheeses and continue to stir until mixture is smooth. Stir in the Sriracha sauce one tablespoon at a time until the sauce reaches your desired heat level. I used a quarter-cup but you can use less or more as necessary. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

Add pasta to the casserole dish and add in cheese/Sriracha mixture and mix thoroughly. Mix the breadcrumbs with the additional cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese. Spread the breadcrumb/cheese mixture evenly on top of the pasta. Bake for 25 minutes. I cover it for about 10 and then uncover for 15 so that the breadcrumbs don’t burn.

Sriracha Week will conclude tomorrow with one last simple Sriracha recipe, along with a roundup of some favorites from around the web!  If you have a Sriracha recipe, feel free to share!

Sriracha Week Intro
Sriracha & Veggie Frittata
Sriracha Cheddar Biscuits
Sriracha Sesame & Ginger Popcorn

Creamy Sriracha Pasta Bake

 

53 Responses to “Creamy Sriracha Pasta Bake”

  1. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — September 13, 2012 @ 6:39 am

    Fancy mac and cheese! Love it. I bet those panko crumbs really add a nice crunch. I still have to check out the biscuits but I’m pretty sure this is my favorite recipe of yours this week, too!

  2. #
    Rachel Cooks — September 13, 2012 @ 6:46 am

    Oh man, first the popcorn and then this?!?! You’re killing me! YUM!

  3. #
    Carrie @ bakeaholic mama — September 13, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    Oh wow does that look good!!!!

  4. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 13, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    This is so unique! Love this idea!

  5. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — September 13, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    It’s possible that I’m drooling at my desk… This is beyond irresistable!

  6. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — September 13, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    Oh holy hell.

  7. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — September 13, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    Mac n cheese is my jam. E loves hot sauce. This is definitely going to happen.

  8. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — September 13, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    I’m sad that sriracha week is coming to a close! This is looking soo good and its not even lunch time yet!

  9. #
    Aggie — September 13, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    Oh my heaven, I can’t even talk about this pasta! It looks AMAZING and I wish I had it for breakfast, not kidding.

  10. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — September 13, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    Sounds like a spicy macaroni and cheese — yum!

  11. #
    Cookbook Queen — September 13, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    I loooooove pasta too, especially when cheese is involved. THis looks amazing!!

  12. #
    Yvearl — September 13, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Whoa! I love me some Sriracha! When you can spell it without cheating, it means you don’t mess around. Gotta try this!

  13. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — September 13, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    This sounds awesome! I bet it would be great with some spicy chicken sausage added in there, too.

  14. #
    Stephanie — September 13, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    This looks incredible, Cassie! Cheese, pasta, sriracha. So many good things happening here!

  15. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — September 13, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    I’m loving your theme weeks!

  16. #
    Erin — September 13, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    This is my favorite of the recipes you’ve posted this week too! Yum-o

  17. #
    Rachel — September 13, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    I cannot tell you how much I’ve been loving Sriracha week! Keeping my fingers crossed for a Sriracha dessert tomorrow ;)

  18. #
    Meghan — September 13, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    This looks incredible Cassie!!

  19. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — September 13, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    Wow. This is Last Meal worthy. Love it so hard.

  20. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — September 13, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    What a great way to add a kick to mac and cheese! I just love all your creative Sriracha recipes this week!

  21. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 13, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    Yum, this looks like absolute heaven – love the Siracha here!

  22. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — September 13, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    Ohhhhh holy moly!! Ben would flip his lid for his own batch of this!

  23. #
    Carla's Confections — September 13, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Oh goodness! I am so ready for fall recipes. I love Mac n cheese and a spicy version sounds even better! I am excited to make this :)

  24. #
    Melanie @ Nutritious Eats — September 13, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Love the idea of this. I made mac n cheese this week with our bbq. One of my favorite foods…all in moderation :) and I always add a few splashes of tabasco. I’ll have to remember this for next time!

  25. #
    Amanda — September 13, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

    Looks amazing as always Cassie… you are so dang talented girl!

  26. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — September 13, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, does this look yummy! I thought of you today because I ate some edamame with sriracha and my lips were on fire and I never thought I would get them to stop burning! Small price to pay for the good stuff, I guess!

  27. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — September 13, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    I am in love! I want this so badly!

  28. #
    Baking Serendipity — September 13, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    I’m loving catching up…you have been busy this week! Of course, a pasta recipe is easily my favorite too. I usually make a buffalo chicken mac and cheese with Frank’s hot sauce, but am definitely trying this next time around!

  29. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — September 13, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

    love that you turned old fashioned mac n cheese into a sriracha one!! love it!

  30. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 13, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    Who knew that adding Sriracha to pasta is the best thing ever?! Have I told you how much I’m loving this week :)

  31. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — September 13, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

    I’ve never tried baking pasta before.. Love the addition of sriracha in this recipe :)

  32. #
    Suzi — September 14, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Cassie, this is a real keeper. I am really loving these Sriracha recipes. Thanks !

  33. #
    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — September 14, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    Cassie I LOVE all your Sriracha recipes! This one specifically is mouthwatering-ly delicious. I bet it has the perfect kick!

  34. #
    Angela @ AnotherBitePlease — September 14, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    YUM! YUM! YUM! Another Sriracha recipe I can’t wait to make!!!!!

  35. #
    Angie — September 14, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    This looks amazing! I love spicy foods, especially when they contain sriracha.

  36. #
    Ramona — September 14, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    My daughter gets me to squirt sriracha on her mac and cheese.. she would love this. :)

  37. #
    Ashley - BakerbyNature — September 14, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    Oh, Guess what I’m making for dinner tonight?! Yup:THIS!!!! It’s bbbbaking now!

  38. #
    Ashley - BakerbyNature — September 14, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    Oh, Guess what I’m making for dinner tonight?! Yup:THIS!!!! It’s bbbbaking now!!

    • Cassie replied: — September 15th, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

      How was it?? Hope you liked it!

  39. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — September 14, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    Wooooow. I just had a huge dinner and now I’m hungry again. This looks SO good!

  40. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 16, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    I need this in my mouth right. this. second.

  41. #
    Tracey — September 17, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Mmmm, even this spice wimp is totally craving your pasta bake! I love mac and cheese in the fall, your timing is perfect!

  42. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — September 17, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    IT WAS AMAZING! We’ve decided this will be in our monthly comfort food rotation :) Thanks, Cassie!

  43. #
    Amanda — December 3, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    I am so making this soon.

  44. #
    Candace Karu — March 20, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    Sriracha…my very favorite condiment. What an inspired use of this wonderful sauce. Can’t wait to give it a try!

    • Cassie replied: — March 20th, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

      Thanks Candace, I think you will like this one then!

  45. #
    Victoria — November 21, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    I stumbled upon this after finding your sriracha popcorn recipe. Definitely about to make this for dinner (except I’m adding some chicken), and I’m totally trying the popcorn recipe tomorrow!

    • Cassie replied: — November 21st, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! I love Sriracha!!

  46. #
    Sara — May 6, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

    We made this and added broccoli, onions and tomatoes! Was spicy and delicious. Also substituted almond milk for the milk and it turned out fine.

    • Cassie replied: — May 6th, 2014 @ 8:23 pm

      So glad to know that almond milk worked well. Glad you liked it! :-)

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