Bell Pepper Mac and Cheese with Fondue Cheese Sauce

Bell Pepper Mac and Cheese with Fondue Cheese Sauce

Macaroni and cheese gets an update in this casserole version featuring penne pasta, roasted bell peppers and Gruyère cheese. Comfort food at its finest!

Prep Time

30

Minutes

Total Time

1:10

Hr:Mins

Makes

7

servings

3
medium red, yellow, orange or green bell peppers
3
cups uncooked penne pasta (9 oz)
10
oz Gruyère cheese, shredded (2 1/2 cups)
3
tablespoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1
cup dry white wine
3/4
cup whipping cream
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/8
teaspoon ground nutmeg
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2
cup Progreso® Italian style bread crumbs
2
tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  1. Set oven control to broil. Broil bell peppers with tops about 5 inches from heat about 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until skins are blistered and evenly browned. Place peppers in plastic bag; close tightly. Let stand 20 minutes. Remove skin, stems, seeds and membranes from peppers. Cut peppers into 1-inch pieces; set aside.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 3-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, using minimum cook time.
  3. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, toss cheese with flour until cheese is coated. In 3-quart nonreactive saucepan, heat wine, whipping cream and garlic to simmering; reduce heat. Gradually stir in cheese, salt, red pepper and nutmeg until cheese is melted. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  4. Stir cooked pasta, roasted peppers and parsley into cheese sauce. Spoon into casserole. In small bowl, mix bread crumbs and butter. Sprinkle over pasta mixture.
  5. Bake uncovered 20 to 30 minutes or until edges are bubbly.
Makes 7 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
For a flavor twist, try half Gruyère and half Emmentaler cheese.
If you like, stir in a 4-ounce can of sliced mushrooms, drained, with the pasta.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving (About 1 1/2 Cups))
  • Calories 490
    • (Calories from Fat 240),
  • Total Fat 26g
    • (Saturated Fat 14g,
    • Trans Fat 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 80mg;
  • Sodium 450mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 39g
    • (Dietary Fiber 2g,
    • Sugars 4g),
  • Protein 18g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 2 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1/2 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 3 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.