Caprese Macaroni and Cheese

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An easy-to-prepare caprese mac and cheese recipe is made entirely in the oven and topped with tomatoes, basil pesto and crispy crumbs.

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Additional Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 cups

Ingredients

  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Hunt's® Diced Tomatoes, drained

  • cup refrigerated basil pesto

  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry elbow macaroni, uncooked

  • 4 ounces fontina cheese, shredded

  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 4 cups whole milk

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 13x9-inch or shallow 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Stir together drained tomatoes and pesto in small bowl; set aside. Combine uncooked macaroni, fontina cheese and 1 cup mozzarella cheese in large bowl. Place in dish in an even layer.

  2. Microwave 4 tablespoons butter in large microwave-safe bowl on HIGH 30 seconds or until melted. Whisk in milk, flour, salt and pepper until blended. Pour over macaroni mixture. Spoon tomato mixture evenly over macaroni. Cover dish with aluminum foil; bake 40 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, microwave remaining 2 tablespoons butter in small microwave-safe bowl on HIGH 20 seconds or until melted. Stir in bread crumbs. Top macaroni with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese and bread crumb mixture. Bake uncovered 10 to 15 minutes more or until golden brown on top. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

472 Calories
22g Fat
50g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 472
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 800mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 420mg 32%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 384mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.