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Caprese Macaroni and Cheese

Katerina | Diethood
Creamy and delicious Macaroni and Cheese made with a mozzarella cheese-sauce, basil pesto, and fresh tomatoes.
Servings : 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

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

RECIPE SOURCE: DIETHOOD
 

Nutrition

Calories: 341 kcal | Carbohydrates: 38 g | Protein: 20 g | Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Cholesterol: 40 mg | Sodium: 634 mg | Potassium: 349 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 6 g | Vitamin A: 860 IU | Vitamin C: 7 mg | Calcium: 499 mg | Iron: 1.2 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.