Another Dreamy Combo

I love avocado. I love mac and cheese. However, I have never thought of merging the two. While I was casually browsing recipes online, I became almost shocked when I saw one for Avocado Mac and Cheese. Such a simple combination sounds quite unique and intriguing as well. I immediately knew this would top my “to-cook” list. I got right to it that night and decided to play “housewife” and have it waiting for Jonty when he got home from work.

I will start off by showing some step-by-step photos, followed by the recipe (which I made a few changes to) below.

Combine butter, and milk in sauce pan, bring to a boil.

Add in cheese and flour.

Pour cooked pasta (I used whole wheat) into baking dish.

Add in avocado, garlic, lime juice mixture.

Pour cheese sauce over pasta.

Top with breadcrumbs, and bake in oven (optional step).

The finished product, paired with homemade garlic bread and a side salad.

Ingredients

10 ounces dry elbow macaroni (I used whole wheat)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 avocados, peeled and pitted
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro (I dislike cilantro, so it was omitted)
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk (I used skim)
2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese or any cheese of your preference (I used reduced fat marble)

Directions

1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Salt the water and add in macaroni. Stir and cook until Al Dente, about 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. While the pasta is cooking, make the avocado sauce by placing the garlic, avocados, lime juice, (cilantro), salt and pepper into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

3. For the cheese sauce, place butter in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Once butter is melted, whisk in flour to help thicken. Next, whisk in milk until smooth. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sauce starts to thicken. Add in cheese and stir until cheese is melted and sauce is creamy.

4. Place macaroni in a large bowl/baking dish. Pour the avocado sauce over the macaroni and stir until well coated. Add the cheese sauce and stir until macaroni is coated and creamy. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

5. If you would like to bake this dish, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and place it in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 mins. Once you remove it from the oven, let cool a few minutes and enjoy!

I decided to make this rich and often fattening dish a little bit healthier by using skim milk, whole wheat pasta and baguette, and reduced fat cheese. It came out pretty well, and Jonty and I had a lovely evening in.

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