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.
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!
Next, I added some white cheddar and white american cheese along with milk, cream, flour and butter for a really rich, thick 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.
It’s a festive pasta side dish that looks as beautiful as it tastes with the added benefits of whole grain pasta.
- 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
- In a large pot over medium heat, saute the bell peppers in olive oil until tender, about 5 - 7 minutes.
- Add butter. When melted whisk in the flour until it forms a thick paste.
- Slowly whisk in the milk and cream.
- Allow the sauce to heat for 10 minutes or until it begins to bubble.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the cheeses, salt and pepper.
- Prepare the pasta as directed on the package, strain and stir into the sauce.
- 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.
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!
One lucky reader will win a $100 VISA Gift Card.
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Disclosure – This is a compensated promotion on behalf of Barilla. Opinions expressed are my own.