Fire Roasted Tomato Mac and Cheese

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40 Minutes Prep
1 Hour 5 Minutes Total

This cheesy macaroni and cheese combines fire roasted tomatoes with pepper Jack cheese for a tasty twist on a classic baked pasta favorite.

Ingredient List
  • 5 cups uncooked penne pasta (16 oz) Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 2 1/2 cups milk Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1/4 cup butter Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 3 cups shredded pepper Jack cheese (12 oz) Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1 cup shredded white Cheddar cheese (4 oz) Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 4 eggs, beaten Small check mark in a circle icon
  • Topping
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  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1 cup panko crispy bread crumbs Small check mark in a circle icon
Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. In 4-cup glass measuring cup, mix milk and cream.
  2. Meanwhile, in 6-quart Dutch oven, melt 1/4 cup butter over low heat. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring frequently. With whisk, stir in flour and salt until smooth. Increase heat to medium; cook and stir constantly until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Gradually stir in milk mixture. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; reduce heat. Stir in cheeses. Cook until melted, stirring occasionally. Stir pasta and tomatoes into cheese sauce. Remove from heat. Add eggs to pasta mixture, stirring constantly, until blended. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  3. In small bowl, mix Topping ingredients. Sprinkle over pasta mixture.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until pasta is bubbly and bread crumbs are lightly browned.