Caprese Macaroni and Cheese: Creamy and delicious Macaroni and Cheese made with a mozzarella cheese-sauce, basil pesto, and fresh tomatoes.

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Hi, guys! Happy Sunday!!

True story. I won my first Spelling Bee in the 5th grade, but I didn’t speak English. I had been in the States for about 5 months and the teacher thought that it would be SO inspiring to put me up there, as the little foreigner that could. 

I practiced and practiced, reading the dictionary from A to Z…
Ok, that’s a lie. It was from A to D. I read every.word. AND memorized how to spell every.word. The hell if I was going to go up on that stage and embarrass myself. I spent my entire Spring Break hanging out with Merriam-Webster. That sounds more dramatic than it really was. 

Long story short, the word was “beautiful”. I won because I spelled out “beautiful” correctly. Apparently, it’s a hard word to spell. I wouldn’t know. icon biggrin Caprese Macaroni and Cheese

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Speaking of beautiful… want some Caprese Macaroni and Cheese?!

…I really know how to make an introduction…

Clearly, I’ve lost my mind. What was I thinking turning on the oven in mid-end-of-July. It is a scorcher out there! Yet, for the life of me, I can’t bake a batch of cookies. Or even a cake. I miss cake. But, it’s just too hot. Bring on the pasta.

I dunno. I just need carbs. Normally, I don’t. Normally, I eat a ton of salads, but sometimes, I just need to stuff my face with a bowl of mac and cheese. And a gazillion squares of dark chocolate. I heart dark chocolate. A fact that is nothing short of glorious.

And, while we’re still discussing delicious things, I’ll take a beer, some nachos, and a brownie. A la mode.

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In other news… I have a basket full of homegrown tomatoes so I made you another Caprese Pasta Dinner concoction.

That being said, this amazing mac ‘n cheese ain’t the classic treat that you might expect.  Think of it more like a grown-up, taken to the next level, prize-deserving macaroni and cheese.

It’s simple, not classic, and your family will definitely thank you for it.

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ENJOY!

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Caprese Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 00 minute

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

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Creamy and delicious Macaroni and Cheese made with a mozzarella cheese-sauce, basil pesto, and fresh tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 8-oz. Elbow Macaroni
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4-cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2-cup tomato sauce
  • 2 to 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 container (7-oz.) Basil Pesto

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Cook the macaroni according to the directions on the package.
  • In the meantime, prepare the sauce.
  • In a small saucepan, whisk together milk, vegetable broth, flour, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Drain cooked pasta and return to pot.
  • Add sauce to the pasta.
  • Stir in 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese; stir until melted and well combined.
  • Layer 1/2-cup tomato sauce on the bottom of the previously prepared baking dish.
  • Add half of the macaroni mixture over the tomato sauce.
  • Top with half of the tomato slices; season with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle 1-cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Dollop on the basil pesto.
  • Top with the remaining pasta.
  • Add the rest of the tomato slices; season with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until bubbly and cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Let stand 15 minutes.
  • Cut and serve.

Notes

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  1. Jan August 31, 2014 at 11:33 PM - Reply

    I made the Caprese Mac and Cheese the other night. I had fresh tomatoes from the garden, so I made a marinara sauce instead of using store bought tomatoe sauce. This dish turned out wonderful! The whole family loved it! There were no leftovers. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Katerina Petrovska September 1, 2014 at 12:34 AM - Reply

      That’s awesome! I’m so happy to know that you all enjoyed it!! Thank you!

  2. Lail | With A Spin August 24, 2014 at 12:05 PM - Reply

    Amazing Mac ‘n cheese. I’m making it for dinner tonight!

  3. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel July 31, 2014 at 12:19 PM - Reply

    Saw this on Instagram today and it looked so good I had to check it out! That is the BEST idea ever.

    • Katerina Petrovska July 31, 2014 at 2:17 PM - Reply

      Thanks so much!! I am a huge fan of caprese-anything, so this just came naturally. haha :-)

  4. Valerie July 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM - Reply

    Katerina, I was quite the stellar speller too; and when we moved to the states I only spoke French. Go foreigners!! :D

    Love. Love. Love this refreshing take on macaroni and cheese!

  5. cristina July 28, 2014 at 11:42 AM - Reply

    What a great idea, this caprese pasta! Fantastic with the dollops of pesto. Love it – pinning and making it… :)

  6. Matt Robinson July 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful mac & cheese:) Looks amazing!

  7. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie July 27, 2014 at 10:00 PM - Reply

    Mmm I love caprese and therefore all things in this fun version of mac and cheese. I happen to have a butt load of pesto too ;-)

  8. Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 27, 2014 at 6:40 PM - Reply

    Haha, beautiful indeed! I can never say no to caprese anything so I’m making this asap!

  9. Leslie July 27, 2014 at 2:37 PM - Reply

    Holy geez! I bet this is amazing! Thanks for sharing & happy Sunday!

  10. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 27, 2014 at 12:37 PM - Reply

    YES! Love this mac and cheese! So gourmet!
    PS: I miss cake too…

  11. Librarian Lavender July 27, 2014 at 7:48 AM - Reply

    What a great story, I love how the spelling contest made you learn English very quickly. Great recipe too, it looks delicious!

  12. Averie @ Averie Cooks July 27, 2014 at 5:32 AM - Reply

    This looks like the best caprese idea ever! I love caprese salads but this is taking things to new levels! Pinned

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