Pasticcio literally means “a mess” and this is a particularly delicious one. The pasta is tossed with Bolognese sauce and béchamel, then baked. If you have Bolognese already made, it will take just over an hour to make from start to finish. An ideal dish for a buffet, it is good even when only lukewarm and can easily be prepared ahead of time (see note below).
You can easily prepare this dish the day before up to the point it goes in the oven. Wrap well and refrigerate. Add an extra 5 minutes to the baking time if the dish is coming straight from the refrigerator.
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