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Sisi's Macaroni N' Cheese au Gratin

Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. 375 g Catelli Smart Macaroni
  • 2 tbsp 30 ml olive oil

Béchamel

  • 2 cups 500 mL 2% milk
  • 1 tbsp 15 mL flour
  • 2 tbsp 30 mL butter
  • 0.45 lbs 200 g grated old orange Cheddar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cherry Tomato Salad

  • 4 cups 1 litre multi-coloured cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1 cup 250 mL Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp 30 ml olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain and cool on a plate oiled with 2 tbsp of olive oil.
  2. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook 5 minutes. Add milk, using a whisking motion and cook the béchamel over low heat for fifteen minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt and pepper. Turn off heat and stir in 150 g shredded cheddar cheese.
  3. Spread macaroni evenly in a medium to large baking dish. Pour the béchamel over the macaroni. Top with remaining grated cheese. Bake 15 minutes at 350°F (180°C), then broil for an additional 10 minutes. Remove dish from oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine cherry tomatoes, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons of olive oil (30 mL) and parsley leaves. Mix well and place tomato salad directly on top of macaroni.