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Italian Macaroni and Cheese
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Italian Macaroni and Cheese

45 Min(s)
15 Min(s) Prep
30 Min(s) Cook
How does mac and cheese go Italian? With fresh tomato, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, and pasta shells instead of elbow macaroni.
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6 servings
Original recipe yields 6 servings
5 Tbsp. butter or margarine, divided
3 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2-1/4 cups milk
8 oz. medium pasta shells, cooked, drained
1 cup POLLY-O Original Ricotta Cheese
1 pkg. (8 oz.) POLLY-O Pizza Shreds 4 Cheese Blend
1 medium tomato, sliced
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
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Let's Make It
1
Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt 3 Tbsp. of the butter in large saucepan on low heat. Stir in flour and seasonings. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until bubbly. Gradually add milk, stirring until well blended. Cook on medium heat until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Pour over shells in large bowl. Add ricotta cheese; mix lightly.
2
Spoon half of the pasta mixture into 2-quart casserole dish; sprinkle with 1-1/2 cups of the pizza shreds. Cover with remaining pasta mixture and pizza shreds; top with tomato slices. Melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter. Mix with bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and parsley; sprinkle over tomatoes.
3
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.
Kitchen Tips
Tip 1
Serving Suggestion
Serve with your favorite steamed vegetable, such as broccoli.
Tip 2
Substitute
Substitute your favorite pasta shape for the shell pasta.
Nutrition
Calories
530
Calories From Fat
0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g
37%
Saturated Fat 16g
80%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 85mg
28%
Sodium 780mg
34%
Total Carbohydrates 43g
16%
Dietary Fibers 2g
7%
Sugars 8g
16%
Protein 25g
50%
Vitamin A
25%
Vitamin C
8%
Calcium
60%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Servings
6 servings
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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