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Big Dish Tomato Basil Mac and Cheese

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Take a classic comfort dish to the next level with this recipe for mac and cheese with tomatoes. Chopped fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and Cabot cheddar cheese combine to make a palate-pleasing mac and cheese you'll love, while a topping of sliced tomatoes, chopped basil and Panko breadcrumbs add extra flavor and create a beautiful presentation. Making 30 servings, this dish is ideal for entertaining and doesn't require you to stand over the stove for hours.

Yield: 30 servings



Cook noodles until al dente, drain, place in a large bowl and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pot or saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the flour, a little at a time, until well blended. Continue stirring, letting it cook for a minute or two. Slowly add the milk and keep whisking for another 2-3 minutes. Add the cheese and stir with whisk or spoon until it melts and is blended into the mixture. Adjust the heat to low. Add the herbs and cook while stirring for 3 or 4 minutes.

Add about half of it to the pasta, when the sauce is done, and mix well. Add the 2 chopped tomatoes, a half cup of the chopped basil and the other half of the cheese sauce and mix again.

Place the mac and cheese in lightly greased baking dishes. Top evenly with the sliced tomatoes, the remaining cup of chopped basil and then breadcrumbs. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until it is hot and bubbly.

Please note that some ingredients and brands may not be available in every store.

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