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Comfort Food: Baked Mac ‘n’ Cheese


The snow may be melting, but there is still a significant chill in the air! This week is our second attempt at remaking classic, creamy comfort foods with a white bean sauce in lieu of butter-flour-and-milk white sauce.

Probably our most ambitious remake yet, here is a delicious and creamy mac and cheese with a cheesy nut topping. Adding sliced tomatoes is our healthier homage to ketchup!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Going, going, gone!

ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat macaroni (or similar pasta)
  • 1 batch white bean sauce, pureed (with garlic clove added)
  • 2 cups grated cheese
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

topping

  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ cup grated cheese
  • ½ cup parsley, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp paprika

preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine ½ cup grated cheese, parsley, almonds and paprika in food processor; pulse until coarsely ground. Season as needed with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Cook pasta per package directions to al dente. Drain and set aside.
  4. While pasta cooks, prepare sauce over low heat. To prepared white bean sauce, add grated cheese, Dijon, Worcestershire and paprika; season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Stir cooked pasta into cheese sauce and pour into an oven-safe casserole dish.
  6. Top with sliced tomatoes and cheese-almond mixture.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes until sauce is bubbly and topping is golden and crisped. Cover with foil if topping browns too quickly. Allow to cool for 5 – 10 minutes before serving.
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