Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly butter a 12″ baking pan.
Scrub potatoes well & blot them dry, leaving peel on. Slice them very thinly & divide into 3 equal portions. Pour about ¼ c. of the cream into the bottom of the pan. Lay 1/3 of the potatoes evenly in rows on top of the cream.
Sprinkle 1/3 of the Gruyere on top of the potato slices. Pour 1/3 of the cream over this Grind a little pepper & nutmeg over top.
Repeat the process until all ingredients (Save for the Parmesan) are used up. You will have 3 layers.
Top it off by sprinkling Parmesan evenly over the top of the dish.
Cover with foil & bake for 30 minutes.
Remove the foil & bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the top is browned & potatoes tender (Cooking time will vary depending on oven).
In a big pot fill ¾ of the way with cold water. Dash some salt in there, & about a tbsp or so of Olive Oil. Bring that to a boil, & throw in your box of pasta. If it’s Barilla brand it will be about 11½ – 12 minutes to boil until done. Be sure to stir it every so often. Drain it, put it aside.
In a good sized saucepan, throw in the garlic, basil, oregano, salt, & pepper with the butter. On low-medium heat, simmer until butter melts. Once the butter melts, sauté herbs for about 3-5 minutes (stirring constantly), any longer than that & the mixture will burn.
Turn the heat up to medium level & splash a little heavy cream in there & get a good stir going. I’d say, maybe ½ c.. Keep that up every 5 minutes until you have about a ½ container left. Now you’ve got about ½ container of cream left, some unused cheese, & the herb mixture. Open the container of cheese. With a kitchen knife, stab at the cheese in the container & break the bigger clumps of cheese down.
Put about a quarter of the cheese into the pot. Stir well, pour in ½ c. of the remaining cream, & repeat until you have no more cheese or cream left. Turn the heat up to medium-high heat & stir every 3-5 minutes for about 15 minutes The cream will eventually expand & “puff” up the whole thing, so don’t panic. When that happens, turn the heat to low, & get ready to serve. If it doesn’t happen, no worries, after your 15 minutes is up (after adding the last of the cream & cheese) just turn the heat down to low & prepare to serve.
Put some pasta on the plate, dump some sauce on all over it, garnish with a basil leaf.