Pesto Mac and Cheese Recipe

Looking for an easy Pesto Mac and Cheese recipe? Learn how to make Pesto Mac and Cheese using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by jbaker55

Makes 8 servings



a lighter version of a high fat recipe

Recipe Ingredients for Pesto Mac and Cheese

1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped basil leaves
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 1/4 cups Parmesan
14 ounces pasta, elbow or farfelle
2 cups milk
8 ounces goat cheese
1/4 cup pesto sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Recipe Directions for Pesto Mac and Cheese

  1. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with pam. Preheat the broiler and arrange a rack on top.

  2. In a large bowl add the garlic, basil, panko, and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan. Toss to combine. Reserve.

  3. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions. Meanwhile, put the milk in a small pot and bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer until reduced and slightly thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes.

  4. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water and drain the pasta. Put the pot over low heat and add the half-and-half mixture. When it simmers, add the goat cheese and whisk until smooth. Add in the remaining Parmesan and whisk until melted.

  5. Add the pasta and stir to coat. Stir in the pesto, reserved cooking water, salt, and pepper. Season with additional salt and freshly ground black pepper, if needed.

  6. Pour the pasta mixture into the baking dish and top with the panko mixture. Put under the broiler until the mixture bubbles and the top is browned, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the broiler and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Categories

Side Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 171.5g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
469
Calories from Fat
184
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
20.5g
32%
Saturated Fat
11.2g
56%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
51mg
17%
Sodium
939mg
39%
Potassium
145mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates
43.7g
15%
Dietary Fiber
4.2g
17%
Sugars
5.7g
Protein
27.4g
Vitamin A 18% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 55% Iron 16%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
C+
  Good points
  • High in calcium
  • High in thiamin
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
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