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

Ingredients
  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray (or try PAM® Organic Olive Oil)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt's® Diced Tomatoes, drained (or try Hunt's® Organic)
  • 1/3 cup refrigerated basil pesto
  • 1 pkg (16 oz each) dry elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 4 ounces fontina cheese, shredded (4 oz = 1 cup)
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
 
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°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.
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Nutrition Information
Calories: 463 View complete nutrition information
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catkenobie November 03, 2015

Caprese definition, prepared with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil leaves and drizzled with olive oil: I can not wait to try this as it looks so very good.

magnusfl October 26, 2015

how is this a Caprese with out reduced balsamic vinegar