I cannot believe mixing avocado into my mac & cheese had never occurred to me until I saw this Stovetop Avocado Mac & Cheese Recipe from the fabulous Two Peas & Their Pod blog on Pinterest. I have made mac & cheese with butternut squash, Greek yogurt, spinach and cauliflower, always looking for a way to healthify this creamy comfort food. Avocado is super creamy on its own so it allows you to use skim milk and less cheese without forfeiting flavor or texture. If you want to add some heat to your sauce, blend in a chile or two. You could easily blend some spinach into the sauce for more veggie nutrition without anybody ever knowing. I like to use a combination of whole wheat and semolina pasta to add more fiber to the dish. This is really easy and inexpensive to throw together for a weeknight dinner. It is best eaten the day that it’s made since avocados tend to brown quickly, but if you do want to store it for the next day make sure its is wrapped tightly. Enjoy!

Avocado Mac & Cheese
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Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 4-6
 

Delicious creamy mac & cheese with a Mexican twist!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb pasta (I used half whole wheat and half white fusilli)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano for heat
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 cups shredded Pepper Jack or a Mexican Blend cheese (if you want to make it lighter cut back on the cheese and use a light version)
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh avocado chunks and cilantro for garnish (optional)

Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, blend the garlic, avocados, pepper, lime juice and cilantro in a food processor. If you like more heat, you can add more peppers.
  3. To make the cheese sauce, melt butter in a medium sauce pan and whisk in flour until paste is formed. Slowly whisk in the milk and continue stirring until the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese until melted and sauce becomes thick and creamy. Add the avocado mixture to the cheese sauce and stir until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Toss pasta with sauce. Garnish with avocado, cilantro and parmesan cheese.

 Avocado Mac & Cheese | Au Bon Gouter

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