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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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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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!

Caprese Macaroni and Cheese

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WW Freestyle: 16
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Creamy and delicious Macaroni and Cheese made with a mozzarella cheese-sauce, basil pesto, and fresh tomatoes.
Servings: 6
Calories: 341

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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Nutrition Facts
Caprese Macaroni and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 634mg26%
Potassium 349mg10%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 860IU17%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 499mg50%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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17 Responses
  1. Judith Allison

    Hi Katerina …. I am browsing on a cold Aussie morning and came across your recipe and introduction … Haven’t tried it yet, but looks and sounds yummmmm….. I like the way your mind works. I would have been like that with the spelling bee … though I am a hopeless speller …. would not have allowed myself to not really try. My mind works so much like yours … It wanders from one thought to another. I have tomatoes in the refrigerator … not beautiful home grown ones like yours …. and am always looking for new versions of mac and cheese which I love, so I’ll be trying it in the next few days.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Haha! YES! I’m a scatterbrain. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I hope you get a chance to try the caprese mac ‘n cheese – it’s so, so good!

      Have a great day!!

  2. Jan

    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!

  3. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

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

  4. Valerie

    Katerina, I was quite the stellar speller too; and when we moved to the states I only spoke French. Go foreigners!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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

  5. cristina

    What a great idea, this caprese pasta! Fantastic with the dollops of pesto. Love it – pinning and making it… ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Librarian Lavender

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

  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    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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