Friday, January 9, 2009

Mac & Cheese with Vegetables

Hannahlily made this flavorful mac & cheese with roasted vegetables. This would make a comfort food side dish or I think you could add tuna and serve it as a main dish. Baked in a 9"x 13" pan topped with roasted plum tomatoes.
Mac & Cheese with Vegetables
1 lb. plum tomatoes
10 oz. frozen broccoli
1 T. olive oil
2 T. butter
3 T. flour
4 c. milk, warm
2 c. grated aged Asiago cheese
2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 T. dijon mustard
1 1/2 t. salt
2 t. fresh black pepper
2 t. dried thyme
1 box penne cooked & drained (we used whole wheat)
Tip: to add crunch, sprinkle 3 T. each of grated Asiago & bread
crumbs over top of casserole before baking.
Heat oven to 400. Slice the tomatoes 1/4" thick. Toss tomatoes in olive oil and roast on parchment lined baking pan for 30 minutes. Steam broccoli keeping it slightly crisp.
Whisk the butter and flour in a pot over medium-high heat until foamy. Add the milk and whisk until thickened and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Whisk in the chesses, mustard, salt, pepper, & thyme. Stir in the pasta & broccoli. Spread in 9"x13" baking dish. Top with tomatoes & bake about 30 minutes.


rbecca said...

Wow! This looks and sound absolutely delicious! In college I ate lots of (sadly, boxed or microwave) mac 'n' cheese with tuna mixed fortunate that I can "graduate" to this! By the way, where did you find such nice-looking plum tomatoes this time of year?

Cup Of Encouragement said...

Hi Rebecca!
We found the plum tomatoes at Super Wal-mart. It's so nice to go and get almost everything in one stop.