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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!

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 7

Ingredients

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

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LOCATION

Directions

  • 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.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

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.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (About 1 1/2 Cups)
Calories
490
(
Calories from Fat
240),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
26%
(Saturated Fat
14g,
14%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
80mg
80%;
Sodium
450mg
450%;
Total Carbohydrate
39g
39%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
18g
18%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%;
Vitamin C
60%;
Calcium
40%;
Iron
10%;
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.

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