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luscious apple-cheddar penne

a recipe by
sherry monfils
worcester, MA

A delicious, beautiful-to-look-at pasta dish.

serves 8
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For luscious apple-cheddar penne

  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, softened
  • 3 c
    panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tsp
    fresh, snipped thyme
  • 12 oz
    penne pasta
  • 2 c
    chopped tart apple, peeled
  • 1/2 c
    chopped vidalia onion
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt and pepper each
  • 2 c
  • 1/2 c
    apple cider
  • 2
    3 oz pkgs cream cheese, softened, cut up
  • 1-1/2 c
    shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1
    apple, granny smith, sliced very thin
  • 1 Tbsp
    melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried thyme

How To Make luscious apple-cheddar penne

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350. Grease a 10" springformm pan w/ 1 tbsp soft butter. Sprinkle sides of pan w/ 1/3 cup panko crumbs. Microwave 1 tbsp butter in medium microwaveable bowl. Stir in remaining panko crumbs and 1 tsp fresh thyme.Set aside.
  • 2
    Cook pasta as direcetd, drain return to pot. In lg saucepan, melt 3 tbsp butter over medium heat. Add apples and cook 8 mins, stirring. Add flour, salt and peper. Cook, stirring for 2 mins. Stir in milk and apple cider. Cook, stirring until thick and bubbly.
  • 3
    Reduce heat to low. add both cheeses and fresh thyme. Stir until cheese melts. Add sauce to pasta and stir to combine. Spoon into pan. Sprinkle w/set aside panko crumbs. Bake uncovered 40 mins. Let cool before removing sides of pan. Fan out apple slices on top of casserole. Brush w/ melted butter. Sprinkle w/ dried thyme.