Heirloom Caprese Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound uncooked pasta
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large heirloom tomato
  • 1 cup fresh Mozzarella cheese (small cubes)
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • Aged balsamic vinegar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare dry pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, keep warm.
  3. Melt butter in a medium pan. Add flour and cook on low for 5 minutes. Wisk in half and half thoroughly. Simmer for 5 minutes. Wisk in Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and simmer for an additional minute.
  4. Slice tomato into 4 nice slices. Dice the remaining tomato.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine cooked pasta, cheese sauce, fresh Mozzarella, chopped basil, and diced tomato. Place mixture in a greased baking dish. Top with tomato slices and an additional sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Finish with chopped basil, and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar.

 

Recipe by Chef Joshua Kelly, from Bonny and Read Fresh Seafood and Fine Steaks in Colorado Springs, CO.