Monday, February 13, 2012

Artichoke Macaroni and Cheeses in individual carafes

Valentines day is right around the corner. What do you have planned for your special someone in your life? My husband and I have a tradition in our family  that every other year we take care of the meal. So this year is my year so my plan is to broil heart shaped T-Bone steaks and serve them with a fresh green salad and a gluten free banana cream pie de-constructed. Which I will share with you on a later date.

But because today is Meatless Monday I am going to share my new recipe for Artichoke Macaroni and Cheeses in individual carafes. A cross between hot artichoke dip and macaroni and cheese so yummy and tasty.

Artichoke Macaroni and Cheeses in individual carafes Ingredients:
3 cups gluten free cooked penne pasta
2 Cups Marinated Artichokes
2 Cups Parmesan Cheese
2 Cups Cheddar Cheese
½ cup of Corn Starch
1 ½ cups Half and Half
1 ½ cups Milk
½ of one Large Onion chopped
2 tablespoon Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Butter
Salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons Nutmeg
Gluten Free Bread crumbs
Cooking Spray

(12) 6 “ Carafes
1 Baking Sheet
Lined with liner of parchment or silpat.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Boil Penne 7 minutes constantly shirring turn of burner and let sit for 3 minutes in water do not move or stir.  Next rinse thoroughly and chill.

In a separate pan heat up Olive Oil and butter in a pan when warm add chopped onion until golden.

Make a bechamel sauce by adding  cornstarch make a rue

Then add Half and Half, Milk, Salt,  Pepper and Nutmeg, bring to a boil until thickens.

Place in refrigerator to cool.

When cooling grate both the Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese.

Chop Artichokes.

In a large bowl place Artichokes, Parmesan Cheese, Cheddar Cheese and Gluten Free Pasta in a bowl.

Toss together next toss in  bechamel in with pasta artichoke cheese mixture.

Spray carafes with cooking spray

Stuff with pasta Mixture

Cover with bread crumbs and bake for 45 minutes

Tip of the day: If you don't have gluten free bread crumbs take 5 or 6 pieces of bread place in Cuisinart with 2 tablespoons butter which will help brown evenly.

Have a great and Happy Valentines Day with who ever you choose to celebrate with, it's all about love in our lives in many different ways.


Sheila Fretz

1 comment:

  1. This mac and cheese has certainly upped the ante but adding artichokes to it. Yum!