Nice to have a little different take on mac-n-cheese. The flavors are good together and it was fairly easy to put together but there were a lot of pans to clean! I didn't make this in individual gratins but all together in one casserole dish. Watch that Panko under the broiler - it burns quickly! Had with CL's Garlicky Spinach.
Easy to prepare and well received by family. Meatless meal. Will definitely make again.
Got to give this 5 stars for ease of preparation and flavor. Will be making this one again for sure.
Made this tonight for dinner as a side for grilled steak. Everyone loved it! Will definitely make again! Was not watching the time on the tomatoes so they became very soft. When added to the cheese mixture they totally dissolved, which gave the sauce a nice color and great flavor.
I took the advice of previous reviewers, and made to recipe except I added more salt and crushed red pepper to the roux. I also added garlic salt to the tomatoes before broiling them. It was delicious, my husband ate two helpings and my toddler ate a whole one. I will say, there are ALOT of tomatoes, so don't worry if you don't have enough. I will use half the tomatoes next time.
I agree with Emily 2281. This was a lot of work to make for an average recipe. I agree to mix the red pepper throughout the dish. It does need something to make it pop; and I thought it wasn't creamy enough, which is always a problem with lighter pasta recipes. Will not make it again.
So good. Everyone loved it!
I don't usually make Mac n Cheese. Too many babysitter nights of making the Kraft version of this for my kids maybe... But I was in the mood for something different and it was the first week of school. I needed a quick recipe. Plus, my cherry tomatoes were in full swing... I was pleasantly surprised by the ease and tastiness of this recipe. I made it exactly, and there were leftovers for another night when we needed to grab and go. It was good. Not worthy of a special occasion, but certainly useful. I think next time I may add the bacon suggested by another reviewer. I think that might make it special!
I made the recipe exactly as spelled out. It was bland and need more salt. It would also be nice if the red pepper was mixed through out the dish. Maybe some garlic or something to give it more depth. I will not be making this any time soon.
Used orecchiette vs. penne because that's what I had on hand. And since I wasn't in the mood to go totally meatless I crumbled hickory smoked bacon into the mixture when combining all of the ingredients at the end before broiling. It tasted very good before I added the bacon, but it was heavenly with the bacon added (1 slice bacon per serving). Obviously this adjustment makes it not quite so healthy, but it was so worth it.
Thought it was pretty good - doubled the recipe since I was feeding more people. Sauce was very creamy, did not taste light at all, but would have preferred it to be a little tangier.
I couldn't get my sauce thick enough (maybe because I used fresh mozz?). It ended up quite watery and bland. I would try it again but with a lot more doctoring up.
This is DELICIOUS! I'm sure it's just as delicious as written but I made a few changes because of what I had on hand. I used cherry tomatoes. Prior to broiling the tomatoes, I sprinkled with basil and garlic salt. Since I didn't have enough mozzarella, I used half pepper jack cheese. I added a sprinkle of crushed pepper to the roux rather than on top. Prior to broiling, I sauteed the panko in some butter.
I thought this was really good