Nothing's as comforting as tender pasta topped with creamy cheese!
oz uncooked penne pasta (rounded 2 cups)
cup butter or margarine
cup all-purpose flour
teaspoon seasoned salt
teaspoon ground mustard
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
Heat oven to 350°F. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
While pasta is cooking, in 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour, seasoned salt, mustard, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Using wire whisk, stir in cheese until melted.
Gently stir pasta into cheese sauce. Spoon into 4 ungreased 8-oz ramekins/gratin dishes or 10-oz custard cups. Place filled cups in shallow baking pan (or cookie sheet with sides).
Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.
We've taken a comfort food classic and given it two taste twists. For over-the-top ooey-gooey goodness, sink your teeth into the Three-Cheese version; for zip and crunch, try the Mex Mac and Cheese. Thinking outside the box never tasted so good.
Replace 1 cup of the Cheddar with 3 oz cream cheese, cubed, and 4 oz shredded Gruyère cheese. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon chopped Italian parsley over the top of each ramekin.
Substitute 8 oz cubed process cheese spread with jalapeño peppers for the sharp Cheddar cheese. Stir in 1/4 cup salsa, and top with 1/2 cup corn chips, crushed.
Four (4 1/2-inch) foil pie pans can be substituted for the ramekins, gratin dishes or custard cups.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- (Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- (Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Exchanges:3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.