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Green Mac and Cheese

IngredientsPasta
Day PartDinner
Cuisine TypeAmerican
Green Mac and Cheese

Source: Avocados from Mexico

Young diners who turn up their noses at vegetables won’t turn away from this dish. Chef Santibanez takes a perennial kid-pleaser—macaroni and cheese—and colors it green by adding avocados and peas to the recipe. Wagon wheel-shaped pasta adds extra appeal.

Ingredients

8 oz. wagon wheel pasta
3/4 cup skim milk
1 fully ripened avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
1/2 cup thawed frozen peas
3/4 cup diced sharp white cheddar cheese (about 4 oz.)
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt

Steps

  1. In large saucepot, cook pasta in salted water until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in small saucepan, heat milk until hot; remove from heat and set aside. 
  3. Reserve 1/2 cup avocado for later use. When pasta is almost cooked, in blender, combine remaining avocado, peas, cheese and lemon juice; gradually add hot milk; blend until smooth. 
  4. Drain pasta; return to saucepot. Stir in blended cheese sauce; add reserved diced avocado and toss gently to combine.

Yield: 5 1/2 cups

 

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