Mac & Blue Cheese with Walnut Topping

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup butter, divided 75 mL
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour 30 mL
  • ½ tsp each salt and pepper, divided 2 mL
  • 2½ cups 5% light cream 625 mL
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese 250 mL
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese 125 mL
  • 12 oz macaroni, cooked according to package directions 375 g
  • ½ cup fresh breadcrumbs 125 mL
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts 125 mL
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped parsley 30 mL

Directions

  • Step 1

    Reserve 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter (for topping). Melt remaining butter in large, high-sided skillet set on medium heat. Cook onion and garlic 3 to 5 min. until starting to soften. Sprinkle in flour and ¼ tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, 2 to 3 min.

  • Step 2

    Gradually whisk in cream until sauce is smooth; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring frequently,10 min. until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Gradually whisk in blue cheese and Parmesan cheese until melted and sauce is smooth. Stir in cooked macaroni. Spread macaroni mixture in 13 X 9-in. (3-L) baking dish.

  • Step 3

    Melt reserved 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter and toss with breadcrumbs, walnuts and remaining ¼ tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper. Sprinkle onto macaroni mixture. Broil 2 to 3 min. until golden brown. Garnish with parsley to serve.

Tip

Fresh breadcrumbs can be made easily at home by pulsing cubed day-old bread in a food processor until coarsely ground. Breadcrumbs can be frozen for up to 1 month.

Make individual servings by portioning into ten 6-oz (175-mL) ramekins (3-in./8-cm diameter). Arrange ramekins on a baking tray to broil.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition Description Per serving (1/10 recipe)
  • Calories 400
  • Fat 20 g
  • Saturated Fat 9 g
  • Carbs 40 g
  • Sugar 6 g
  • Protein 17 g
  • Cholesterol 50 mg
  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sodium 550 mg