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Penne and Two Cheeses

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 40 min total time
  • 12 ingredients
  • 4 servings
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Looking for a classic pasta dinner? Then check out this cheesy casserole - ready in 40 minutes.

Ingredients

Casserole

8
oz. (3 cups) uncooked penne (tube-shaped pasta)
2
tablespoons butter
2
tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
1 1/2
cups milk
4
oz. (1 cup) shredded mild Cheddar cheese
4
oz. (1 cup) cubed Havarti cheese
1/3
cup sliced green onions
1/3
cup sliced marinated sun-dried tomatoes

Topping

1
cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs
2
tablespoons butter, melted

Steps

  • 1 Cook penne to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium saucepan. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and milk. Cook and stir over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in cheeses until melted.
  • 3 In sprayed casserole, combine cooked penne, onions, tomatoes and cheese sauce; mix well.
  • 4 In small bowl, combine bread crumbs and 2 tablespoons butter; mix well. Sprinkle over penne mixture.
  • 5 Bake at 350°F. for 20 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown.
  • 1 Cook penne to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium saucepan. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and milk. Cook and stir over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in cheeses until melted.
  • 3 In sprayed casserole, combine cooked penne, onions, tomatoes and cheese sauce; mix well.
  • 4 In small bowl, combine bread crumbs and 2 tablespoons butter; mix well. Sprinkle over penne mixture.
  • 5 Bake at 350°F. for 20 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown.

Expert Tips

Prepare the penne up to one day ahead. Cook, rinse and drain the pasta well, then toss it with 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil. Cool the pasta, place it in a resealable plastic food storage bag and refrigerate. Rinse the penne in hot water to reheat it.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1/4 of Recipe
Calories
650
(
Calories from Fat
310),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
34g
34%
(Saturated Fat
20g,
20%
),
Cholesterol
95mg
95%;
Sodium
740mg
740%;
Total Carbohydrate
59g
59%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
27g
27%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
50%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 2 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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