Ok let’s just get this out of the way right now – Mac & Cheese WITH Coconut Milk? Yes! I know your skeptical. It doesn’t really sound like it would work. But it does. Wonderfully. It’s rich and creamy and delicious. It doesn’t have a coconut taste at all but rather a mild nutty flavour that works perfectly.
My little one starts school this week – which I am still trying to wrap my head around, and I’m trying to work on some meal ideas that I know will be a hit and I can work into our busy schedule. This mostly classic mac and cheese recipe fits the bill. You can have it ready to go in the fridge and just slide it into the oven for dinner. It’s also great for leftovers or to send in school lunches if your child has access to a microwave (although to be honest I can and have eaten this cold).
- 8 ounces of macaroni or other small pasta (if you don't have a scale that worked out to about 3 cups of small shells for me - dry)
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of flour
- 1 can of Blue Dragon Coconut Milk Light
- 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese
- 2 cups of bread crumbs
- ½ cup of grated parmesan
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Cook the macaroni until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- Place the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once melted stir in the flour.
- Mix well.
- Slowly add the coconut milk, stirring as you go.
- Cook over medium heat for two minutes.
- Add the cheddar cheese.
- Stir until the cheese melts and the sauce is creamy.
- Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and mix well.
- Pour into a baking dish.
- In a small bowl mix the bread crumbs, parmesan and olive oil together.
- Spread the bread crumb mixture over the mac a& cheese in the baking dish.
- Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until the bread crumb topping is a deep golden brown.
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