Mac & Blue Cheese with Walnut Topping

10
Easy
Side Dishes

Characteristics

Vegetarian Kid Approved

Nutritional Facts Per Serving

400
Calories
17 g
Protein
40 g
Carbs
2 g
fiber
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Nutritional Facts

1 10
  • Amount For Serving % Daily Value
  • Calories 400
  • Lipides 20 g
    • Saturated fat  9 g
  • Cholesterol 50 mg
  • Sodium  550 mg
  • Carbs 40 g
    • fiber  2 g
    • Sugar  6 g
  • Protein 17 g

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) butter, divided
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper, divided
  • 2½ cups (625 mL) 5% light cream
  • 1 cup (250 mL) crumbled blue cheese
  • ½ cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz (375 g) macaroni, cooked according to package directions
  • ½ cup (125 mL) fresh breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup (125 mL) coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) coarsely chopped parsley

Method

  1. Reserve 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter (for topping). Melt remaining butter in large, high-sided skillet set on medium heat. Cook onion and garlic 3 to 5 min. until starting to soften. Sprinkle in flour and ¼ tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, 2 to 3 min.
  2. Gradually whisk in cream until sauce is smooth; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring frequently,10 min. until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Gradually whisk in blue cheese and Parmesan cheese until melted and sauce is smooth. Stir in cooked macaroni. Spread macaroni mixture in 13 X 9-in. (3-L) baking dish.
  3. Melt reserved 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter and toss with breadcrumbs, walnuts and remaining ¼ tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper. Sprinkle onto macaroni mixture. Broil 2 to 3 min. until golden brown. Garnish with parsley to serve.

Tip: Fresh breadcrumbs can be made easily at home by pulsing cubed day-old bread in a food processor until coarsely ground. Breadcrumbs can be frozen for up to 1 month.

Tip: Make individual servings by portioning into ten 6-oz (175-mL) ramekins (3-in./8-cm diameter). Arrange ramekins on a baking tray to broil

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