Skill: Intermediate | Time: 1 hr 30 min | Servings: 4
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Bruschetta Mac and Cheese: How this Recipe Came to Be
The bright flavors of bruschetta perfectly compliment a rich and creamy cheese sauce. Bake them together and the taste is out-of-this-world amazing! This creation came about when planning a restaurant menu in my undergraduate degree.
My class and I were told we couldn’t put breadcrumb topping on our mac and cheese because it would be too many carbs. I switched the breadcrumbs to tomatoes and the most decadent recipe was born.
This is the perfect dish to wow anyone, vegan or not. Be warned, if you make this bruschetta mac and cheese once, people will beg you to make it again!
I’m usually all about quick and simple recipes. This recipe isn’t complicated but takes some time to make the bruschetta and the cheese sauce. The great thing is you can prepare everything in advance. Just keep the bruschetta separate until you’re ready to bake so the cheese doesn’t get watery.
You’ll also want to strain away any excess water in the bruschetta before using it as a topping, to keep the vegan cheese sauce nice and rich.
If you need this to be gluten free, use your favorite gluten free pasta. Cook according to package directions.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, please rate and comment below so others benefit from your experience.
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Bruschetta Mac and Cheese
- 9×13 Baking dish
- Large pot
- Prepare the bruschetta.
- Prepare the creamy vegan cheese sauce.
- Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
- Cook the pasta until it is just a bit undercooked compared to how you like your pasta. It will finish cooking in the oven and you don’t want to overcook it. It’s best to follow package directions and take off ~2-3 minutes from the cooking time.
- Drain the water from the pasta but don’t rinse off the noodles (unless using a gluten free pasta, then you may want to rinse off extra starch).
- Toss the cooked pasta with the cheese sauce and pour into a 9×13 inch pan. It's best to grease this dish with a cooking spray (oil spray).
- Top with a layer of bruschetta.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until there are small bubbles coming up the sides of the pan.