Fontina and Mascarpone Baked Pasta

Photo: Lee Harrelson

The nutty flavor of fontina and creaminess of mascarpone create a delicious updated version of mac and cheese. 

Yield:

8 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 423
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Fat 14.3 g
Satfat 8.2 g
Monofat 3.7 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 19.3 g
Carbohydrate 54.6 g
Fiber 2.1 g
Cholesterol 46 mg
Iron 2.4 mg
Sodium 550 mg
Calcium 298 mg

Ingredients

1 pound uncooked penne
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)
3 cups fat-free milk
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded fontina cheese
1/4 cup (2 ounces) mascarpone cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
3 (1-ounce) slices white bread
1 tablespoon butter
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; keep warm.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and milk in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk. Cook 10 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat; add cheeses, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Stir in salt and black pepper. Add cooked pasta, stirring to coat. Spoon pasta mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Tear bread into several pieces. Place bread in a food processor; process until fine crumbs measure 1 1/2 cups.

Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Stir in breadcrumbs until well combined. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture evenly over pasta mixture. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with parsley.