Pasta anything sings to the tune of Jordan's heart. When meal planning I do my best to include it in the rotation 2-3 times a month, and it ends up being even more than that, because, well.. I'm a pasta lover at heart, too. Usually the first place I go when I get a new Cooking Light magazine is their Dinner Tonight section.. They lay out a week's worth of dinner menus, most of which will get made in the kitchen at some point. In September's issue (I'm a month behind in my magazine reading apparently..), I couldn't help but notice the ease of their Meatless Monday Caprese Mac & Cheese. Not to mention - it looked really yummy!
Did I tell you that it had the easiest ingredients list, ever?
Most of these ingredients, I could bet, you already have on hand and/or are relatively inexpensive if you have to make a trip to the store.
I doubled the recipe called for because I definitely wanted leftovers, BUT - the sauce is rich and creamy (without all the calories of a traditional Alfredo- hello), so I left that just about the same.
Caprese Mac & Cheese
adapted from Cooking Light
2 cups grape tomatoes
2 tablespoons extra vigin olive oil
1lbs whole wheat penne pasta (or any tube pasta you like)
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup fat free half and half
1 cup skim milk
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake**
They've come to expect prayer before meal times, and at some point I'm going to catch it on video that round of applause Jesus gets after we thank him for our food. Its my favorite part of the whole meal.
First bites.. and then seconds, thirds..
..and of course. A potty break. Why is it that the moment we sit down and start eating there is a panic urge to potty right then.
AND she's back, and not letting a single bit of pasta go to waste.
Another hit in this house - and I didn't question it for a minute. Pasta is pasta is pasta.