Baked Apple Mac and Cheese

10
ali Bresnahan

By
@alibee

My mistake when I made this: apples should be CHOPPED, not sliced...pieces were too big so didn't get cooked.
Thanks to Amanda Camden-Spina for the original recipe.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Prep:
1 Hr
Cook:
45 Min

Ingredients

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  • 2 c
    elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • ·
    olive oil
  • 2
    red delicious apples
  • ·
    lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    sugar
  • 3/4 tsp
    cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp
    nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp
    flour
  • 1/4 c
    milk
  • 1 c
    half and half
  • 1 c
    grated sharp cheese
  • 1 c
    mild or medium cheddar cheese, grated
  • ·
    coarse ground salt and pepper
  • FOR TOPPING:

  • 1/2 c
    grated cheddar
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, cut into small pieces

How to Make Baked Apple Mac and Cheese

Step-by-Step

  1. Bring about 4 quarts of water to a full boil, adding a little olive oil to water. Add macaroni and cook about 7 minutes, until al dente. Drain macaroni thoroughly and return to large pot.
  2. Chop apples into small chunks and place into bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice.Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the apple and toss gently by hand to coat thoroughly. Gently add the apple pieces to the cooked macaroni in big pot.
  3. Put butter into medium saucepan on low heat. When butter is melted, slowly add flour, stirring constantly till smooth. Gradually stir in milk and half and half. Move heat to medium. Continue cooking, STIRRING CONSTANTLY, till mixture comes to a boil and sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  4. Add 1 cup of each of the cheeses, stirring gently until all the cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fold cheese sauce gently into the macaroni/apple mixture, making sure all macaroni and apples are covered.
  5. Pour complete mixture into buttered baking dish. Top with 1/2 cup cheese and butter pieces. *NOTE: at this point if you like you can cover dish with foil and refrigerate until you're ready to cook it.
  6. Preheat oven to 350.
    Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 35-40 minutes until cheese is melted and golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving so that cheese can set. Garnish with saved apple wedges.

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Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
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