Baked Two-Cheese Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Jim Bathie
You'll love this twist on traditional macaroni and cheese, and so will your kids. Cheese adds fat-burning CLA.

Resistant Starch: 2g


4 servings (serving size: 1/4 of penne and 2 tablespoons sauce)
Total time: 45 Minutes

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 35 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 433
Caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
Fat 16 g
Satfat 6 g
Monofat 7 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 17 g
Carbohydrate 56 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 29 mg
Sodium 528 mg


Cooking spray
1 cup uncooked whole-wheat penne
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 ounce smoked Gouda, shredded (about 1/4 cup)
2 ounces fontina cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup roasted red bell pepper
1 tablespoon plain low-fat Greek yogurt


1. Heat oven to 350°. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat; add pasta, and cook 7 minutes or until al dente. Drain and set aside.

3. Reduce heat to medium, and add olive oil to pan. Add flour, salt, and pepper; cook 1–2 minutes until flour begin to brown. Stir in milk, 1/2 cup at a time, whisking well to ensure a smooth sauce. Stir in cheeses; whisk until completely melted. Stir in cooked pasta. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.

4. Top pasta mixture with panko; bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until top begins to brown and cheese is bubbly.

5. While pasta mixture bakes, place roasted bell pepper and yogurt in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Cut baked pasta evenly into 4 pieces, and place on 4 serving dishes; drizzle each serving with roasted red pepper sauce.