Holiday White Cheddar Mac n Cheese with Barilla Whole Grain Rotini

During the holidays, one thing I’m always looking forward to is the family feast. It’s a time when I love cooking the most and sharing my favorite recipes with my family. This Christmas I’m putting a new spin on an old favorite. Baked macaroni and cheese has always been my signature dish for the holidays but this year I want to dress it up a bit and that’s where my recipe for Holiday White Cheddar Mac n Cheese comes in.

holiday white cheddar mac n cheese

To make this dish extra festive, I started by sauteing diced red and green bell peppers in a little olive oil until the peppers are tender. These will give the mac n cheese a unique flavor and make the dish oh so pretty!

barilla sauteed red green peppers

Next, I added some white cheddar and white american cheese along with milk, cream, flour and butter for a really rich, thick sauce.

barilla white cheddar sauce

Another twist for this dish is replacing the regular macaroni pasta with Barilla Whole Grain Rotini Pasta. The spirals hold extra bits of the sauce making every bite creamy and delicious.

barilla rotini pasta

It’s a festive pasta side dish that looks as beautiful as it tastes with the added benefits of whole grain pasta.

holiday red green and white mac n cheese

 

Holiday White Cheddar Mac n Cheese
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 6 tablespoons butter, chopped
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ pound white cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ pound white American cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 box Barilla Whole Grain Rotini pasta
Instructions
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, saute the bell peppers in olive oil until tender, about 5 - 7 minutes.
  2. Add butter. When melted whisk in the flour until it forms a thick paste.
  3. Slowly whisk in the milk and cream.
  4. Allow the sauce to heat for 10 minutes or until it begins to bubble.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the cheeses, salt and pepper.
  6. Prepare the pasta as directed on the package, strain and stir into the sauce.
  7. Serve immediately.

 

Taste and Share Challenge

Are you ready to bring some whole grain into your family meals for the holidays? If so, join Barilla on Facebook and take the Taste and Share Challenge. All you have to do is buy a box of any Barilla Whole Grain pasta, enter the code found on the box, share it with two friends and you’ll receive a printable coupon for $1.00 off your next purchase of two boxes of Barilla pasta plus your friends will each receive a coupon too! To learn more about Barilla Whole Grain Pasta be sure to visit www.trybarillawholegrain.com.

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Barilla has made it even easier for you to take the Whole Grain Taste & Share Challenge!  For a limited time, until December 29, 2011, visit: http://on.fb.me/TryWholeGrain, enter box code 1129 and select two of your Facebook friends to share Whole Grain with. You’ll be instantly eligible to print a $1-for-2 coupon and your friends will each receive a $1-for-1 coupon good for any variety of Barilla Whole Grain pasta.

We’d really love for your family to make the whole grain pasta switch too and we even have a little incentive for you. Below you can enter to win a gift card that could go towards your holiday meal!

Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a $100 VISA Gift Card.

How to Enter

Complete the required entry below. Once completed you may enter additional times by leaving an extra comment for each optional entry completed.

Required Entry – Pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge and tell us which Barilla Whole Grain Pasta you’d like to use and what holiday dish you’d use it in.

Optional Extra Entries

Giveaway Rules

See Official Rules for complete details – US only excluding AK & HI – No PO Boxes – One entrant per household – Sweepstakes ends 12/28/11 at 11:59 PM CST. Winner(s) will be notified by email with 48 hours to claim prize and listed on the Official Winner’s List.


Disclosure – This is a compensated promotion on behalf of Barilla. Opinions expressed are my own.

Comments

  1. Kim Henrichs says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge! I want the penne for baked penne with mozzarella.

  2. Marilyn Wons says

    I would like the Linguine to use in my linguine with shrimp and feta cheese recipe!

  3. Amber says

    Yummy! I love white cheddar. I’d like to use the Whole Grain Spaghetti in a Lo-Mein dish!

  4. Margaret Smith says

    I pledged. I’d love to use the Penne pasta to make a nice cold pasta salad with sliced coldcuts, mozzarella, grape tomatoes and dressing.
    Thanks so much.

  5. Joanne Schultz says

    I took the pledge! And a couple nights ago we had a mac & cheese using Barilla Whole Grain Medium Shells! I feel the meal has more substance to it when the pasta is whole grain – adds more flavor too! Yum! And guess what I reheated for lunch today – you got it – Mac & cheese from the other night!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Kenny F. says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge I want the Penne for baked Penne with mozzarella.

  7. kasey says

    Took the challenge, and I’d like to use the shells to make a mac n cheese, which I know could be more creative but it’s such a favorite I keep going back!

  8. says

    I pledge to take the test and share challenge. I would use barrilla whole grain rottelli to make white mac and cheese

  9. Michelle L says

    I pledge to take the challenge and I would like to use the Rotoni

  10. courtney b says

    i took the challenge and i want the thin spaghetti in my hubby’s fettucini alfredo!

  11. says

    Took the pledge and I would use the penne and make baked penne pasta with green peppers, sausage and cheese.

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  12. Deb Anderson says

    THIN SPAGHETTI WITH BRUSSELS SPROUTS, ZUCCHINI & YELLOW SQUASH

    IT LOOKS SO FESTIVE!!

  13. JeN says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge :) shrimp and feta cheese recipe SOUNDS good

  14. cathy moore says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge and want to use the Barilla Whole Grain Rotini and make your Holiday White Cheddar MAc n cheese!

  15. Denise S says

    I pledge to take the challenge and I would use spaghetti in Chicken Skilletini.

  16. Amber says

    I pledged to take the Taste & Share challenge and I’d love to try Barilla’s Whole Grain Linguine for my Pasta all’arrabbiata!

  17. Christy says

    I pledge to take the challenge. I use rotini pasta in a pasta salad we make every year. It is made with imitation crab, carrots, celery and italian salad dressing.

  18. Stephanie says

    I’d love to try making a creamy Penne a la Vodka with plenty of basil and the whole-grain penne. And, of course, I’ll take the pledge!

  19. Ann F says

    I took the Barilla Taste and Share challenge.

    I would us Barilla’s Whole Grain thin pasta in the Cherry Tomatoes and Basil recipe

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  20. John Eng says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge. I will use the linguine for pasta primavera!!

  21. Douglas Houston says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge. I want to make Penne with sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms

  22. Geoff K says

    I took the Taste and Share pledge, and I’d love to use the Barilla Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti in my Spaghetti with Pumpkin Sauce, Broccoli, and Sausage. Thanks!

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  25. a marie hj saver says

    I want to try the linguine and use it with my clam sauce that we eat the day after Christmas. Can’t wait to take the taste and share challenge!

  26. ellen says

    I took the pledge and the ham and mac and cheese is a family favorite so thats the recipe I would make!

  27. says

    First…Love the recipe. I like how colorful it is too. The peppers make a wonderful addition! I pledged to take the Taste and Share Challenge, and I would like to use the linguine and do it up with a Shrimp Scampi recipe that my family just adores. Thank you for the recipe and the giveaway!

  28. Richard Morris says

    I’ll take the taste and share challenge. i’d also like to try the thin spaghetti with my grandma’s recipe dish

  29. Jessie C. says

    I pledged and LINGUINE
    WITH A ROASTED RED PEPPER SAUCE looks good to try.

  30. Barbara Montag says

    I pledged to take the Taste and Share challenge.
    I’d use the thin spaghetti to make my famous Chicken Tettrizini.
    Thank you.

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  32. Gloria says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge, I would use the Rotini in my chicken salad.

  33. renee walters says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge! I’d like to use the shells to make a mac n cheese! Happy holidays! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Renee Walters
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  34. Cynthia C says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge. I’ll use the linguine with clam sauce.

  35. EMMA L HORTON says

    I WOULD USE THE WHOLE GRAIN SPAGHETTI TO MAKE SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS (MY GRANDCHILDREN LOVE SPAGHETTI)

  36. g. l. penrod says

    i use as much whole wheet pasta as i can get in every thing i love it

  37. McKim says

    I will use the thin spaghetti for spaghetti and meatballs while relatives are here for the holidays.

  38. Pat says

    I’d like to use the whole grain spaghetti for spaghetti and meatballs.

  39. Sheila K. says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge. I want to make Penne with sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms. I’d like to use the linguine to make linguine with garlic and herbs!

  40. Allison Downes says

    Took the Pledge, I would use linguine and make Shrimp Scampi

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  41. Sunnie says

    I took the pledge and I would make this white mac and cheese, it looks good with the veggies in it.

  42. Judy Bradley says

    I would like the shells and I had a dressing type dish at someone’s house once and I might try to make that.

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  44. Cathy W says

    I pledged to take the Taste and Share challenge! I’d like the Barilla® Whole Grain Linguine with Ripe Heirloom Tomatoes and Pistachios

  45. Cathy W says

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  46. David Koepke says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge! I want the penne for baked ziti.

  47. Schmidty says

    I would use the rotini for a cold pasta salad I make with blanced broccoli and tomatoes, snow peas, and avocados.

  48. Katy M says

    I’d use the penne pasta in a family green and white bean salad! Yummy!

    Thanks!

  49. Heather H says

    I would like to use the penne pasta for Ziti that my aunt makes every year for Christmas dinner.
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  50. Heather H says

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  51. Heather H says

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  52. DeeAnn S says

    I pledge to taste and share. I’d use the Rotini to make my macaroni fill for our New Years Eve party. Thanks.

  53. NJJ says

    I took the pledge and I’d love to try the linguine and use it for shrimp alfredo

  54. Eileen says

    I did take the challenge previously ( You tried it, loved it and shared it. Now enjoy more! Congratulations!
    Thank you for Sharing.
    Here is your coupon for $1 off when you buy two boxes.)

    I’d try the Rotini for a late Christmas celebration for our family. Basically it is red sauce with italian sausage, mushrooms. Then layer of shredded white/cheddar and black olives. Used to be called Cavitini at Pizza Hut years ago, and have been making this for 30 years for my family. Easier than our traditional Lasagna!

    thanks!

  55. says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge. I would like to try making whole grain pumpkin pasta using Barilla Whole Grain penne. Good luck to everyone!

  56. Jacob says

    I took the pledge and would use the Penne Pasta in this recipe that uses Penne mint and zucchini. It’s so good!

  57. Patrice says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge. I would use the Medium Shells to make macaroni and cheese.

  58. Jennifer h says

    I agree to take the challenge, but haven’t purchased a box yet to input on their fb page.

  59. MelissaO says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share Challenge and would love angel hair to go with a simple shrimp scampi

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  60. says

    I would like the rotini! You can do almost anything with it! I would use it in a macaroni/veggie salad that we make with lots of garlic!

  61. Denise B. says

    Honestly, I don’t care for their whole-grain pasta; and it wouldn’t be right for me to say I do for the sake of entering the giveaway. However, we are big fans of their regular pasta.

  62. AuraR says

    I will take the Taste and Share challenge! I want the penne pasta for pasta salad.

  63. Deborah Wellenstein says

    I would make Linguine with clam sauce with the linguine.

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  66. Lori A. says

    I pledge! I’d like to try the penne in an awesome mac n cheese recipe I found on YouTube!
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  67. Kathy's says

    I pledge. My family eats a lot of pasta. This would be a great way to start the new year. I want to use macaroni noodles in Chili mac. My kids would never realize it was good for them!

  68. barbara wright says

    I’ll take the Taste and Share challenge. I’d use their thin spaghetti in my pasghetti pizza recipe – yumm!

  69. Jamie Harrison says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge! I want the penne for three cheese penne pasta.

  70. Suzanne K says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share Challenge. I want to make shrimp scampi with alfredo sauce and Linguine

  71. Rochelle says

    Pledged to take the Taste and Share challenge and I’d use the Linguine noodle to make beef stroganoff. Thanks!

  72. Cheryl Lund says

    Thin spaghetti noodles is what I would use in my chicken Parmesan w/spaghetti as a side dish

  73. says

    I pledge, Whole Grain Penne cause I dying to try the
    PENNE WITH ASPARAGUS, BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND OVEN-DRIED TOMATOES

  74. Cindy M says

    I took the Taste and Share Challenge on Barilla’sWhole Grain pasta, FB name Cindy Merrill. I’d like to try making my scrumptious 4-Cheese pasta casserole using Barilla’s products.

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  76. steve risberg says

    my wife makes this wonderful shrimp alfredo on barilla whole grain fettuccini. it makes me happy just thinking about it!!!

  77. Cindy M says

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  78. McDuffy says

    i Pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge and Barilla Shells would be great with Alfredo sauce.

  79. Donna B. says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge. I’d use their thin spaghetti in our Christmas Eve shrimp scampi (in fact, we did and it was delicious!!)

  80. Sarah L says

    I so pledge. I’d use the thin spaghetti in my white clam dish.
    Thanks for the contest.

  81. says

    All I see is the challenge after you have tried it, I do not see a place to pledge, but if I like it I will take the challenge

  82. gina says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge! Medium Shells for mac n cheese.

  83. Chad K says

    I pledge to take the TASTE and SHARE challenge by taking some Penne pasta and making our famous baked ziti!

    THANKS!

  84. Suzanne Kaiser says

    I took the pledge! I made mac and cheese using Barilla Whole Grain Medium Shells. Loved it!

  85. Suzanne Hill says

    I took the Taste and Share pledge. I’d like to use the linguini for the Linguini with marinara sauce and acorn squash.

  86. Ashley Hatten says

    took the pledge and I would love to try the Medium Shells and I would make home made mac & cheese pie with them! thanks!
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  89. amy pugmire says

    I pledge to take the taste and share challenge. i would love to use the medium shells in a side cold pasta dish for xmas

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  91. Kathryn C. says

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  96. Heather S says

    took pledge, use whole grain spaghetti for spaghetti and meatballs

  97. Sarah Hirsch says

    i pledge to take the challenge, and want to try the Whole Grain Spaghetti in a Lo-Mein dish

  98. Daniel Thornton, Jr. says

    I Pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge. I would use Thin Spaghetti to make spaghetti and meat balls.

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  100. Amanda Campbell says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge. I want to use the rotini pasta in a pasta salad.

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  101. Pinky Sade says

    I Pledge the challenge and would like to use linguine in a spicy shrimp linguine dish.

  102. Patty Niedert says

    I would use the thin spaghetti in a Shrimp Fra Diavalo recipe! Yuummm!

  103. Susan Smith says

    I took the challenge, and I’d like to use the shells to make a mac n cheese cassorole with macaroni, cheese and ham

  104. Linda Lansford says

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  105. Heather BH says

    I really like the looks of the LINGUINE -WITH CHERRY TOMATOES, THYME AND RED ONIONS

  106. Linda Taylor says

    I pledge to take the challenge.
    I want the Penne for baked Penne with mozzarella.

  107. Angela Cisco says

    I pledge and would use Rotini to make ROTINI
    WITH CREAMY BOLOGNESE SAUCE AND PEAS

  108. Angela Cisco says

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  109. virgomomwriter says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge, and will use Barilla Whole Grain Rotini in my home-made mac and cheese.

  110. Terri McMillan says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share Challenge. I want to try the white cheddar mac n cheese using the spirial Barilla.

  111. Mandala says

    I pledge to take the Taste & Share challenge – I want the linguine with yellow peppers, sun dried tomatoes, ricotta and pecorino cheeses.
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  113. Laura S says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share Challenge. I will use the medium shells for my summer pasta salad

  114. laurie steiner says

    I use Barilla whole grain pasta almost exclusively, and make spaghetti and meatballs at least once during the holiday season.

  115. Nancy Meyer says

    I would like to try the thin spaghetti in a recipe for capelinni primavera.

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  116. christina moore says

    i take the Pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge , Penne for baked Penne with mozzarella.

  117. Renski says

    I pledged and I would use the penne and make baked penne pasta with green peppers, sausage and cheese.

  118. Jackie says

    I Pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge. I’d like to use the Thin Spaghetti to make Spaghetti with white clam sauce
    Thank you!
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  119. catherine c says

    i take the pledge and i would choose penne to make penne ala vodka- a favorite holiday dish for my family

  120. Jill Myrick says

    I would use the Rotini to make an Italian pasta and vegetable salad.

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  121. says

    I pledge! I would use the rotini for a chicken dish I make with cream of chicken soup/sour cream/ritz crackers and I put that on top of the noodles :)

  122. Tina M says

    Pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge and I like Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Penne Rigate recipe

  123. Jessy B says

    I’d use the medium shells to make my favorite homemade mac & cheese :)

  124. Jennifer says

    the rontoni looks yummy, my kids love this instead of regular spaghetti noodles!

  125. LINDA HEFFERNAN says

    I will try the Penne. We usually have baked ziti but Penne will work just as well.

  126. Jennifer R says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share Challenge at Barilla. I would love to use the whole grain Barilla Rotini
    to make the ROTINI WITH CHERRY TOMATOES, ASPARAGUS AND PARMIGIANO CHEESE. reejen at comcast dot net

  127. purplelarkspur says

    I will take the pledge! I would love to use the shells in a healthy vegan mac and cheese, with lots of brocolli!

  128. Kylie C says

    The Whole Grain Penne would be delicious in my turkey noodle soup that I make out of leftovers.

  129. Karen says

    I use Barilla’s Angel Hair Whole grain pasta which I purchase at Target. Thanks.

  130. Amy Green says

    I pledge to take the challenge! I would use the Whole Grain Shells for my mother’s tuna and pea casserole.

  131. Karen says

    I’d like to make whole grain penne with roasted garlic, peppers, eggplant and bulgarian feta. Thanks for the giveaway.

  132. melissa Resnick says

    I pledged. I’d love to use the Penne pasta, my kids love it with butter ,garlic and cheese

  133. mistysunrise says

    took the pledge and I would use the rotini for the macaroni salad

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  134. brian says

    I pledged, & I’d make your mac & cheese, except instead of bell peppers, I’d use sun-dried tomato

  135. Deb Smith says

    I would buy the Medium Shells to make 6 cheese mac and cheese

    I pledge to take the challenge.

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  137. jeanne conner says

    I pledge to take the challenge. I will use Barilla medium shells in a pasta salad.

  138. Stacy says

    I took the challenge and would like to try the rotini in my pasta salad recipe.
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  139. Jammie says

    I pledge to take the challenge and I want the penne to make macaroni salad for our next cookout. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  140. julieh says

    took the challenge, I’d use the whole grain penne in my favorite chicken and penne mozzarella dish for the holidays.

  141. Louis says

    I took the pledge
    my preferred product is the whole grain Linguine and I would serve it with chicken alfredo

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
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  143. Christy Weller says

    I Pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge. I would like to use the rotini pasta. I would make my spaghetti recipe using the rotini pasta or pasta salad.

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  144. monica says

    I make a every simple pasta salad. I use rotini, toss with italian dressing, add some summer sausage, chopped green pepper, tomatoes, garlic, red onion, pepper, and cuncks of colby cheese. i never measure… i just toss until its yummy!

  145. Brittney House says

    I would love to try the thin spagetti for a spagetti and meatball dish.

  146. Steve Stone says

    I pledge to take the Taste and Share challenge! I want the rotini for tuna and soy sauce

  147. Ashley Domes says

    I pledge to take the challenge, and would love to use penne for my baked ziti.

  148. April V. says

    I would use the Barilla Whole Grain thin spaghetti with my husband’s spicy garlic marinara. Yum. Oh, took the pledge too!