Three-Cheese Baked Penne

Three-Cheese Baked Penne Recipe
Photo: Oxmoor House
Since gluten-free pasta can clump and stick together if it stands for a while, be sure to cook it to al dente (since it'll cook a bit more while it bakes), and have it ready just in time to toss with the sauce.

Yield:

6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 493
Fat 14.5 g
Satfat 7.7 g
Monofat 3.4 g
Polyfat 0.5 g
Protein 23.4 g
Carbohydrate 67.1 g
Fiber 2.1 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Iron 3.8 mg
Sodium 308 mg
Calcium 767 mg

Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion (about 1 medium)
1 (12-ounce) package gluten-free brown rice penne (such as Tinkyada)
1/4 cup cornstarch
4 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Cooking spray
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup panko-style breadcrumbs (such as Kinnikinnick)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Heat oil in a medium Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring often.

3. While onion cooks, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

4. Combine cornstarch and 1/2 cup milk in a small bowl. Add remaining 3 1/2 cups milk to onion; bring to a boil. Gradually stir in cornstarch mixture. Cook 2 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, stirring with a whisk until cheeses melt. Stir in pasta. Pour pasta mixture evenly into 6 (2-cup) gratin dishes or ramekins coated with cooking spray.

5. Combine Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs; sprinkle over pasta mixture. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and top is brown.

Note:

Cooking Light Gluten-Free Cookbook

August 2011
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