Italian Stove-Top Mac and Cheese

Italian Stove-Top Mac and Cheese 150 Image by: Italian Stove-Top Mac and Cheese 150 Author: Canadian Living

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

In 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

%RDI

  • Iron 28.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 90.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 41.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 21.0
  • Vitamin C 3.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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