Creamy Baked Pasta with Gruyère and Prosciutto


For a simple and ultra-creamy baked pasta, take a cue from chef Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner: Trade the béchamel for this much easier sauce of heavy cream simmered with plenty of nutmeg and two kinds of cheese.

Creamy Baked Pasta with Gruyere and Prosciutto Recipe
Photo: John Kernick
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 (16-ounce) package gemelli pasta or other short pasta, such as penne or elbow macaroni

  • 16 ounces Gruyère cheese, finely shredded (about 4 cups)

  • 3 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely shredded (about 1 1/4 cups)

  • 3 cups heavy cream

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated whole nutmeg

  • Thinly sliced prosciutto, for serving


  1. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions until barely al dente, about 10 minutes (about 3 minutes less than package directions indicate). Drain and immediately transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet; spread in a single layer. Set pasta aside. Toss together Gruyère and Parmigiano-Reggiano in a medium bowl, and set aside.

  2. Preheat broiler to high with oven rack in middle of oven. Bring heavy cream and salt to a simmer in a large saucepan over high. Reduce heat to medium; stir in nutmeg, and simmer, stirring often, 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 4 1/4 cups of the cheese mixture, in small batches, stirring until cheese is melted after each addition. Stir in cooked pasta. Spoon pasta mixture into a 2 1/2-quart broiler-proof baking dish; top with remaining 1 cup cheese mixture.

  3. Broil in preheated oven until cheese is melted and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with thinly sliced prosciutto.

Make Ahead

Recipe may be prepared 1 day in advance through step 2, increasing salt from 1 1/2 teaspoons to 2 teaspoons. Cover and refrigerate; let come to room temperature before broiling.

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