Three-Cheese Rotini Bake

Think there's no such thing as too much cheese? You'll flip over this classy twist on mac-and-cheese, with colored rotini pasta.

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 50 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 4
 

Ingredients

8
oz. (3 cups) uncooked rainbow rotini (spiral pasta)
3
tablespoons margarine or butter
1
garlic clove, minced
1/4
cup all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon pepper
2
cups milk
4
oz. (1 cup) shredded American cheese
4
oz. (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
1
oz. (1/4 cup) crumbled blue cheese

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Cook rotini as directed on package. Drain.
  • 2 Meanwhile, melt margarine in large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 30 to 60 seconds. Stir in flour and pepper; cook and stir until mixture is bubbly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat. Reserve 1 tablespoon each American and mozzarella cheese for top. Add remaining cheeses to sauce; stir until melted.
  • 3 Add cooked rotini to cheese sauce; stir gently to coat. Pour into sprayed casserole. Sprinkle with reserved cheeses.
  • 4 Bake at 350°F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly around edges.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Cook rotini as directed on package. Drain.
  • 2 Meanwhile, melt margarine in large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 30 to 60 seconds. Stir in flour and pepper; cook and stir until mixture is bubbly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat. Reserve 1 tablespoon each American and mozzarella cheese for top. Add remaining cheeses to sauce; stir until melted.
  • 3 Add cooked rotini to cheese sauce; stir gently to coat. Pour into sprayed casserole. Sprinkle with reserved cheeses.
  • 4 Bake at 350°F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly around edges.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

This recipe easily adapts to your favorite cheese. Instead of American and mozzarella cheese, try Cheddar, colby, Asiago, fontina, provolone or Swiss.

For kids, omit the blue cheese and add hot dogs. Slice one or two hot dogs and stir them into the cheese sauce with the rotini.

Serve this cheesy rotini dish with a green salad tossed with any vinaigrette. Crusty Italian bread and fresh apple and pear wedges complete the menu.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
595
(
Calories from Fat
250),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
28g
28%
(Saturated Fat
13g,
13%
),
Cholesterol
55mg
55%;
Sodium
830mg
830%;
Total Carbohydrate
58g
58%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
28g
28%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
26%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
54%;
Iron
16%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 1 Low-Fat Milk; 2 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.