Avocado Mac & Cheese

Go ahead, say cheese. Mac & Cheese. Not the straight-out-of-the-box kind. Avocado Mac & Cheese!  This recipe puts a whole new meaning – and taste- to the American classic that dates back to the time of Thomas Jefferson. This recipe has all the trimmings of your traditional Mac & Cheese plus more. I’ve added my favorite avocado and the aromatic cilantro.  Because of these ingredients and its predominantly green color, it looks more appetizing and can be a dish that can be added to any Mexican or Irish celebration, perhaps?  The lime juice used in this recipe not only adds a distinct flavor to the dish but also prevents the avocado from turning brown.  So go ahead, say cheese and go green!

INGREDIENTS

7 oz. elbow macaroni

2 fresh avocados peeled and pitted (Set aside a few cubed slices for garnish)

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

2 tbsp fresh lime juice

2 cloves garlic

2 tbsp unsalted butter

2 tbsp whole wheat flour

1 cup reduced fat milk

2 cups shredded  Mexican-style Monterey Jack,Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla and Asadero Cheese (or you can use your favorite shredded cheese)

Salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Fill a medium sauce pot with water, add salt and bring to a boil

Add the macaroni and stir constantly until tender. Drain and set aside

In a blender, mix the avocado, garlic, lime juice, cilantro and salt & pepper to taste.  Blend until mixture is creamy. Set aside

In a small saucepan, heat the butter until melted before adding in flour. Mix well

Add in the milk and stir mixture starts to thicken

Add the cheese and stir until it is fully melted and the sauce is creamy

Place the macaroni in a mixing bowl and pour the avocado sauce over it. Mix well

Add the cheese sauce and mix well

Add salt & pepper to taste

Transfer the coated macaroni into a serving bowl and garnish with a few cubed slices of fresh avocado

(Makes 4-6 servings)

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