Fontina Macaroni & Cheese Recipe – Low Carb Approved!

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Tuttorosso

I grow my own tomatoes in the spring/summer and then can them. Even though I try to figure out how many I need for the fall/winter – I always seem to run out. When this happens, I turn to Tuttorosso. They have a wide variety of tomatoes and they are always delicious. I personally love using the diced tomatoes in my tacos. They taste really fresh and it is really easy to just open up a can and add them. This is also a really good base for homemade traditional salsa. Their website has lots of recipes that you can follow – or use for inspiration!

Low Carb Baked Macaroni and Cheese

My favorite recipe is the Fontina Macaroni and Cheese.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ziti pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Fontina cheese
  • 1 (28 ounce) can Tuttorosso® Diced Tomatoes in rich tomato juice, drained
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese) breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400o F. In a large saucepan melt butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Whisk in flour and cook the roux (butter-flour mixture) for 1 minute. Add the cream, nutmeg and cream cheese and whisk to combine. Bring to a simmer and whisk until the mixture is thick and smooth.
  2. Stir in the Fontina cheese and diced tomatoes in rich tomato juice; whisk until smooth.
  3. Add the pasta to the cheese mixture and stir to coat. Season with salt and black pepper and put into a large buttered casserole dish. In a small bowl combine panko and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle on top of macaroni. Drizzle with olive oil.
  4. For creamy baked mac and cheese, place under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, watch carefully. You want the top to toast, but no burn. For a more traditional firm baked mac and cheese, bake for 20 minutes until the top is golden.
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parsley and serve warm.

nutrition

Calories: 330 | Fats: 24.0 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 80 mg | Sodium: 540 mg | Carbohydrate: 23 g | Fiber: 1 g | Protein: 8 g | Vitamin A: 25 % | Vitamin C: 15 % | Calcium: 15 % | Iron: 6 %

Fontina Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

Delicious and easy to customize to your taste!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: dinner, easy dinner, holiday low carb recipe, low carb, low carb dinner
Servings: 5

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ziti pasta cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Fontina cheese
  • 1 28 ounce can Tuttorosso® Diced Tomatoes in rich tomato juice, drained
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko Japanese breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400o F. In a large saucepan melt butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Whisk in flour and cook the roux (butter-flour mixture) for 1 minute. Add the cream, nutmeg and cream cheese and whisk to combine. Bring to a simmer and whisk until the mixture is thick and smooth.
  • Stir in the Fontina cheese and diced tomatoes in rich tomato juice; whisk until smooth.
  • Add the pasta to the cheese mixture and stir to coat. Season with salt and black pepper and put into a large buttered casserole dish. In a small bowl combine panko and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle on top of macaroni. Drizzle with olive oil.
  • For creamy baked mac and cheese, place under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, watch carefully. You want the top to toast, but no burn. For a more traditional firm baked mac and cheese, bake for 20 minutes until the top is golden.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with parsley and serve warm.

Notes

Delicious and easy to customize to your taste!

 

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