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Caprese Macaroni and Cheese

Rated as 4.38 out of 5 Stars
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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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Ingredients

1 h 15 m servings 472
Original recipe yields 10 servings (10 cups)

Directions

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  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; 22 50.2 20.7 58 800 Full nutrition

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I have to say I was fairly skeptical about this method, but, it turned out absolutely perfect! The pasta was not overcooked at it had great flavor cooking it in milk instead of boiling it in w...

Most helpful critical review

I was excited to try this simplified version of Mac and Cheese. I used Penne pasta instead of elbow (just our family preference) and what I got was a lot of "hard" pasta that was sticking out o...

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I have to say I was fairly skeptical about this method, but, it turned out absolutely perfect! The pasta was not overcooked at it had great flavor cooking it in milk instead of boiling it in w...

Followed the directions and was delighted with the results. Will definitely make again! Don't let the lack of reviews stop you from trying this.

We loved this one. I halved the recipe since there are only two of us and served it with breaded pork chops. It was cheesy and creamy and definitely a different twist on mac and cheese. Alrea...

Made it for the first time when my sister-in-law, her husband and two little girls were in town. She and her husband loved it. Their little girls ate some too. I made a few changes - I did not u...

I LOVE how easy this was to throw together and that there was no noodle boiling required. However, I'm not as sold on the caprese part... While I did enjoy this, I found some bites a bit acidic...

I was excited to try this simplified version of Mac and Cheese. I used Penne pasta instead of elbow (just our family preference) and what I got was a lot of "hard" pasta that was sticking out o...