You can prepare this dinner favourite in minutes with ingredients found in your pantry. Prepared pesto makes a great substitute for fresh basil when it is not in season.
- Portion size 4 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: February 2012
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 onion finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3/4 teaspoons dried Italian herb seasoning
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shredded old Cheddar cheese
- 1 plum tomato diced
- 2 teaspoons prepared pesto
- 2 1/2 cups elbow pasta (12 oz/340 g)
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
MethodIn large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion, garlic and Italian seasoning, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
Sprinkle with flour; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk, mustard and salt; cook, whisking, until thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in Cheddar cheese until smooth.
Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine tomato and pesto; set aside.
Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pot. Add sauce and toss to coat.
Serve sprinkled with tomato mixture and Parmesan cheese.
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Fibre 5 g
- Sodium 782 mg
- Sugars 9 g
- Protein 25 g
- Calories 612.0
- Total fat 22 g
- Potassium 369 mg
- Cholesterol 60 mg
- Saturated fat 13 g
- Total carbohydrate 77 g
- Iron 28.0
- Folate 90.0
- Calcium 41.0
- Vitamin A 21.0
- Vitamin C 3.0