Caramelized Sweet Potato, Garlic, and Rosemary Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Angie Phillips

Ingredients:

10 cloves garlic

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices on the diagonal

2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

8 ounces cavatappi pasta (or whichever variety you prefer)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 cups half-and-half

2 cups blended, shredded Mozzarella, Parmesan & Smoked Provolone cheese

3/4 cups Asiago cheese, shredded

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped (or if using dried herbs, remember 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary = 1 teaspoon dried)

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs from rustic Italian bread

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes; remove cloves and place in ice water. When cloves have cooled, use a garlic press to press blanched cloves; set aside.

Bring water back to a boil and add sweet potato slices and cook 5 minutes or until tender; drain. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add sweet potatoes and cook, flipping occasionally, until they develop a caramelized crust (about 5 minutes). Dice sweet potatoes. Set aside.

Meanwhile, bring another large saucepan of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain.

In a large pot over low heat, melt butter. Add flour and stir to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium, add in salt and pepper, and, with a wire whisk, gradually add half-and-half. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring. Reduce heat, and then simmer 1 minute. Stir 1 3/4 cup of the blended cheese and 1/2 cup of the Asiago cheese until melted and smooth. Add blanched pressed garlic, diced sweet potatoes, rosemary, minced garlic, and cooked pasta. Stir to combine. Pour into greased casserole dish.

To make topping, combine remaining tablespoon olive oil, breadcrumbs, and the remaining blended and Asiago cheese in a small mixing bowl. Stir until well combined. Sprinkle on top of pasta.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and topping golden brown. Serve.

Yield: 8 servings

Advertisements