Saturday, 9 March 2013

Recipe: mediterranean mac and cheese

Continuing my quest for delicious meatless recipes, this is an extraordinary take on the mac and cheese variety:  I'm usually the type to go for sausage/pepperoni additions, but here I have converted to this plethora of (grilled) vegetables - the addition of many layers of cheese only makes me happier!





Mediterranean mac and cheese
adapted from Closet Cooking

700g cooked penne (about 300g dry)

3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 clove garlic, mashed
400ml milk
100g cheddar, crumbled
oregano / pepper according to taste (no salt because of all the cheeses)



80g roasted red peppers, chopped
60g pitted olives, chopped
160g artichoke hearts, chopped
60g feta, crumbled

6 slices mozzarella




Preheat oven at 180 degrees C.

Make the sauce:  in a saucepan over medium heat, lightly brown the butter.  Add flour and garlic and stir until golden brown.  While stirring, add the milk little by little.  Add cheddar and oregano and pepper.  Add the vegetables and feta and stir everything so that the sauce is really smooth.  Add then the pasta and take your time to cover everything with the sauce... 

Pour into a oven dish and cover with the mozzarella slices.  Bake for about 30 minutes, but take care the top does not brown too much.  Believe me, it smells and tastes super delicious!

14 comments:

  1. I'm always looking for a good mac and cheese recipe, yours sounds like a winner.

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  2. Looks good. Cheers

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  3. Mmmmm--you had me at mozzarella slice. This recipe sounds different but probably a great change of pace from regular mac and cheese (which is a favorite with my husband and daughter).

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    1. this is actually how I started looking around for meatless recipes...

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  4. That's definitely a more gourmet mac and cheese than they served in my college cafeteria!

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    1. college cafeteria... oh no...

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  5. Sounds delicious!

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  6. I was just thinking today that I would really like to incorporate more Mediterranean recipes in our diet and whala! Not sure about feta cheese in it though.

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    1. Any sharp cheese will do, although feta the epitome of mediterranean ingredients is...

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  7. i love every mac and cheese and this sounds excellent!

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    1. You and me both! Thanks

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