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Beet Mac and Cheese

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Beet Mac and Cheese
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 3
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Beet Mac and Cheese

Indulgent creamy mac and cheese with a crazy magenta hue.

Ingredients

1/2
pound elbow macaroni
2
cups milk
3
leeks
3
tablespoons butter
1 1/2
tablespoons flour
3
beets
3/4
pound cheddar cheese, grated
Progresso™ panko bread crumbs

Directions

  • 1 Cut and clean the leeks. Be sure to rinse them really well after cutting them to get all the dirt out.
  • 2 Grate the beets with a microplane grater until you get one cup of beet pulp.
  • 3 Bring pasta water to a boil. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • 4 Sauté the leeks in butter for about 10 minutes until softened and tender, but not brown.
  • 5 Drop the pasta and cook 5 minutes only.
  • 6 Add the flour and mix well. Stir and cook for two minutes.
  • 7 Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat.
  • 8 Strain the pasta and add to the milk mixture. Add in the cheese and stir until everything is combined.
  • 9 Stir in the beet pulp.
  • 10 Pour into the baking dish or individual dishes. Top with a small handful of breadcrumbs. Bake for about 25 minutes until the breadcrumbs are slightly browned and the pasta is bubbling.
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Beet Mac and Cheese

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

As the weather slowly turns colder, it feels great to pull out the heartier, more comforting bakes and casseroles that dominate fall and winter.


Mac and cheese is a fun one. It’s a great summertime meal, but with the right tweaks and adjustments it can be transformed into the equivalent of a wool blanket on a crisp fall evening.

This Beet Mac and Cheese does just that. Raw grated beets are used to not only make this mac taste heartier and thicker, but also to create the stunning magenta color.

 

Beet Mac and Cheese

You may have heard this a million times, but it is important to really rinse your leeks well. Unlike most other veggies, you need to cut them first before washing them out.

 

Beet Mac and Cheese

Cook the leeks in butter until softened. Then build your roux and sauce.

 

Beet Mac and Cheese

Meanwhile, finely grate the beets. You might want to use gloves for this because the beet juice can stain your hands (and clothes, and cutting board, and counter top, and washcloths).

 

Beet Mac and Cheese

Mix the beets into the mac and watch the color transform!

 

Beet Mac and Cheese

Stunning.

 

Beet Mac and Cheese

Top with a few breadcrumbs and pop into the oven for a half hour.

 

Beet Mac and Cheese

The earthy sweet beets go perfect with the sharp cheddar and creamy sauce. And the color is crazy!

 



Beets by Dr. Dan. He has been blogging for over 5 years at The Food in My Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!

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