Mediterranean Macaroni and Cheese

01.01.2013

mediterranean mac and cheese

Happy New Year everyone! Nothing like ringing in the new year with a new and exciting twist on mac and cheese. I love the flavors of the Mediterranean and this simple macaroni dish combines so many of them deliciously together. This is not your ordinary sharp cheddar macaroni and cheese. This is loaded with feta cheese, fire roasted tomatoes, red onions, olives, zesty herbs and of course it must have garlic and olive oil. It was hard for me to stop eating this once I started. This creamy Mediterranean Macaroni and Cheese is a fabulous addition to add to your dinner rotation. With it’s simplicity, unique spin and incredible flavor this dish is definitely set to impress. Enjoy!

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Mediterranean Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted, diced tomatoes, drained well
  • 1/3 cup chopped black or kalamata olives
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni pasta
  • 2 Tbsp butter, plus more for baking dish
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter an 8 by 8-inch baking dish or a 9-inch deep dish pie dish, set aside. In a small mixing bowl, combine drained diced tomatoes, chopped olives, 1 Tbsp fresh basil and dried oregano, set aside. Boil pasta to al dente according to directions listed on package. Drain pasta well and return to pot. Meanwhile, melt butter along with olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and saute until soft and lightly golden, about 3 - 4 minutes, adding in garlic during the last minute of sauteing. Whisk in flour, and cook stirring constantly for 1 minute. While whisking vigorously, slowly pour in milk and bring mixture just to a boil, stirring constantly. Once mixture reaches a boil reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring constantly until mixture has thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in 2 oz feta cheese and mozzarella cheese then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour tomato mixture over well drained pasta in pot and toss, then pour sauce over pasta mixture and toss to evenly coat. Pour coated pasta mixture into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining 4 oz crumbled feta cheese. Bake in preheated oven 20 - 25 minutes until edges are bubbling and top is golden brown. Serve warm garnished with fresh basil ribbons if desired.
  • Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Martha Stewart
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/01/mediterranean-macaroni-and-cheese/

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16 comments

  • Ramona: Love the Mediterranean flavors here…Looks great. :) Happy New Year! January 1, 2013 at 5:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Ramona! Happy New Year to you! January 2, 2013 at 8:08pm Reply

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen: Such a cool idea to switch things up with the flavors! I love grown-up takes on macaroni and cheese, but not a fan of the kid’s version unless it’s homemade.

    Happy New Year! January 2, 2013 at 10:28am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Happy New Year Loretta! I’m excited to see what you create this year =)! January 2, 2013 at 8:19pm Reply

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes): What a unique twist on a classic. Nice spin! I love the addition of feta cheese. January 2, 2013 at 10:45am Reply

  • Yammie @ Yammie’s Noshery: Love anything Mediterranean. This looks fab. January 3, 2013 at 7:09am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Yammie! I’m just starting to really get into the Mediterranean flavors because my mom never really made them. They are simple yet amazing and so fresh.
      \ January 4, 2013 at 9:23pm Reply

  • angela @ another bite please: oh gosh my hubby would love this…he loves those greek flavors…and pretty sure he wishes he were greek…he named our dog Achilles…lol…back to your dish…the list of ingredients sounds so good thrown in with some pasta! yum! January 3, 2013 at 2:14pm Reply

  • Ashley: What a great spin on mac and cheese! Love these flavors : ) Your photos are just beautiful by the way! January 7, 2013 at 11:13am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Ashley =)! January 7, 2013 at 10:19pm Reply

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  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Fun! I love this so much more than traditional mac and cheese! January 11, 2013 at 3:27pm Reply

  • Jorojay: After four years living with a bizarre roommate, and not being able to cook and bake what I wanted (constant criticism, plus “I would never make such a high fat dish,” blah, blah, blah), I’m in my own apartment, and can cook and bake what I like; this delicious-sounding recipe is going to be one of the first things I celebrate my freedom with! January 16, 2013 at 10:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Awesome! I hope you love it! January 18, 2013 at 6:06pm Reply

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