Everything Bagel Mac & Cheese

Prep 5 min

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Cook 40 min

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Ready in 45 min

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (750 mL) cavatappi pasta
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) butter, divided
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2½ tbsp (37 mL) Everything Bagel Mix, divided
  • 2½ cups (625 mL) milk
  • 4 oz. (125 g) grated sharp cheddar cheese (1 cup/250 mL)
  • 4 oz. (125 g) cream cheese, cubed
  • ½ cup (125 mL) panko breadcrumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Cook the pasta in a pot of salted water according to the package directions; drain. Return the pasta to the pot.

  2. Melt 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the butter in a saucepan. Sprinkle with the flour and 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the seasoning; whisk until combined. Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly until smooth. Cook over medium heat for 5–7 minutes, or until the mixture comes to a boil, then cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and add the cheeses, stirring until melted.
  3. Remove from the heat. Combine the pasta and Mornay sauce in a greased 2-qt. (1.9-L) casserole.

  4. Microwave the remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) of butter in a small bowl until melted, 30 seconds. Mix in the panko and remaining seasoning. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the pasta

  5. Bake, uncovered, 28–30 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly

Yield:

  • 6  servings

Nutrients per serving:

U.S. nutrients per serving: Calories 520, Total Fat 23 g, Saturated Fat 13 g, Cholesterol 65 mg, Sodium 680 mg, Carbohydrate 57 g, Fiber 1 g, Sugars 6 g (includes 0 g added sugar), Protein 18 g

Cook's Tips:

Pasta Preference: We love cavatappi in this recipe, but you can try penne, rotini, or medium shells.

Cheesy Choices: Switch out sharp cheddar cheese for white cheddar, Gouda, Gruyere, or Parmesan.

Produce Perfection: Stir in 3 cups (750 mL) of your favorite cooked veggies when you stir in the pasta.

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