This recipe is a whole lot of wacky and a whole lot of yum!
I recently purchased a few bags of Wacky Mac bowtie pasta at the grocery store with the intentions of trying to figure out a creative recipe with it. The past few days when I would open my pantry I kept eyeing my Wacky Mac and knew it was soon time to burst open that bag and make something fun.
My initial intentions was to do a Summertime Mac and Cheese incorporating several types of cheese along with fresh roasted zucchini and summer squash. Since I have several bags of Wacky Mac I will probably work on that recipe in the upcoming weeks. When I was enjoying some time outside today and pruning back my flourishing basil and I decided that I would incorporate a basil pesto along with a macaroni and cheese to go along with this wacky pasta.
With the twins taken care of by my food critic for the evening (my dear mother) off to the kitchen I went to start creating this recipe. I thought the combination of pesto and mac and cheese would be delicious. The subtle hint of fresh basil pesto combined with the creamy and mild mozzarella cheese is a fantastic combination.
I serve this in four 12oz individual ramekins. This can also be served in a casserole dish. The bowtie pasta can be substituted for other pasta such as elbow or penne.
This makes a fantastic dish to serve to company or to my mom and I as we thought it was wonderful!
In food processor or blender combine basil, olive oil, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, garlic and pine nuts. Blend until creamy and set aside.
In a large pot melt 3 tablespoons butter on low heat. Stir in flour and salt and cook for 1 minute. Gradually add in milk, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened. Add in the 2 cups cheese and stir until melted. Stir in pesto until combined well with cheese. Stir in pasta.
Melt additional 2 tablespoons butter and mix with bread crumbs
Spoon in to 12oz individual ramekins or in to a casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella, 2 tablespoons parmesan and top with bread crumbs.
Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
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Hi there, I'm Jennifer! Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm a busy mommy of twins and head chef of Casa de Dempsey. I love to cook using fresh ingredients with common items on hand for fresh and easy family friendly meals. Learn More