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Pesto Havarti Mac and Cheese

Pesto Havarti Mac and Cheese-this stovetop mac and cheese is super creamy, cheesy, and full of flavor! It is easy to make but tastes gourmet! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keywords easy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 407 kcal

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk at room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded Havarti or mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Spinach-Basil Pesto or store bought basil pesto

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook just until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the flour to create a paste. Add the milk and whisk until smooth. Increase the heat to medium and continue whisking until the sauce starts to thicken, about 2 minutes. Stir in the shredded cheese and continue stirring until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Fold in the pesto.
  3. Add the pasta, stirring to combine, and cook just until the pasta is warmed through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Pesto Havarti Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 407 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 180mg8%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 590IU12%
Calcium 175mg18%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.