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Pesto Mac 'N' Cheese With Tenderstem & Spinach

Pesto Mac 'N' Cheese With Tenderstem & Spinach

Rating
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(566 reviews from our customers)

Prep Time

30 min

Cuisine

American

Mac 'n' cheese is always a treat, but this one is made extra satisfying thanks to the addition of Tenderstem broccoli & wilted spinach. You'll combine green pesto with crème fraîche, garlic & cheddar to create a simple cheese sauce. Top the lot with panko breadcrumbs and crunchy pumpkin seeds for texture.

Prep Time

30 min

Cuisine

American

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Ingredients
For 2 people (double for 4)
Onion
1 brown onion
garlic-clove
2 garlic cloves
Cheddar-cheese
80g mature cheddar †
Creme-fraiche
200g crème fraîche †
Panko breadcrumbs edit
60g panko breadcrumbs †
Tenderstem broccoli
80g Tenderstem broccoli
Pumpkin Seeds
15g pumpkin seeds
Baby-spinach
80g baby leaf spinach
macaroni
200g macaroni †
Classic nut pesto pot
90g classic basil nut pesto †
You Will Need
Oven-proof dish, butter, pepper, salt

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 40g cheddar cheese<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 pot of crme fra”che (200g)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 60g panko breadcrumbs<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 80g Tenderstem broccoli
  • 1 bag of pumpkin seeds (15g)
  • 80g baby leaf spinach
  • 200g macaroni<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 45g classic basil nut pesto pot<span class="strong">†</span>
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 1119 kJ
268 kcal
4510 kJ
1078 kcal
Fat
of which saturates
13.2 g
5.5 g
53.4 g
22.2 g
Carbohydrate
of which sugars
28.8 g
3.5 g
115.9 g
14.1 g
Fibre 2 g 8 g
Protein 9 g 36.3 g
Salt 0.59 g 2.38 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
1 brown onion
brown onion
1 garlic clove
garlic
40g cheddar cheese
pasteurised cows milk, cream, salt, vegetarian rennet, lactic acid culture
1 pot of crme fra”che (200g)
milk
60g panko breadcrumbs
wheat flour (gluten), sugar, salt, yeast
80g Tenderstem broccoli
tenderstem broccoli(100%)
1 bag of pumpkin seeds (15g)
pumpkin seeds
80g baby leaf spinach
spinach
200g macaroni
semolina of durum wheat (gluten), water
45g classic basil nut pesto pot
sunflower seed oil, Italian basil (36%), cashew nut, Grana Padano PDO cheese (milk, egg), glucose, Pecorino Romano PDO cheese (milk), sea salt, crushed pine kernels, extra virgin olive oil, whey protein (milk), flavourings, potato flakes, spices, acidity regulator: lactic acid; antioxidant: rosemary extract. May contain peanut & nuts
Allergens
  • Allergens highlighted by † (milk, gluten, egg, nut)

In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)
1 Pesto Mac 'N' Cheese With Tenderstem & Spinach

Preheat the oven to 220°C/ 200°C (fan)/ 425°F/ Gas 7

Boil a kettle

Peel and finely slice the brown onion[s]

 

2 Pesto Mac 'N' Cheese With Tenderstem & Spinach

Heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) with a large knob of butter over a medium-low heat 

Once melted, add the sliced onion with a pinch of salt and cook for 6-8 min or until softened 

 

3 Pesto Mac 'N' Cheese With Tenderstem & Spinach

Meanwhile, add the macaroni to a pot of boiled water with a large pinch of salt and bring to the boil over a high heat

Cook the macaroni for 5 min or until cooked with a slight bite

Meanwhile, peel and finely chop (or grate) the garlic 

Grate the cheddar cheese

 

4 Pesto Mac 'N' Cheese With Tenderstem & Spinach

Once the macaroni has had 5 min, add the Tenderstem broccoli and cook for 2 min further until everything's tender

Once done, drain the macaroni and broccoli, reserving 300ml [600ml] of the starchy pasta water

5 Pesto Mac 'N' Cheese With Tenderstem & Spinach

Once the onion has softened, add the chopped garlic and cook for 1 min or until fragrant

Add the drained pasta and broccoli to the pan with the crème fraîche and a generous pinch of salt and pepper 

Add the basil nut pesto pots, grated cheddar and 200ml [350ml] of the starchy pasta water and give everything a good old mix up 

 

6 Pesto Mac 'N' Cheese With Tenderstem & Spinach

Add the baby leaf spinach and cook for 1 min further, stirring until it's wilted

Tip: add a splash more pasta water if the sauce is looking a bit dry – remember it will thicken in the oven! 

 

7 Pesto Mac 'N' Cheese With Tenderstem & Spinach

Transfer the mac 'n' cheese to an oven-proof dish 

Top with the panko breadcrumbs and pumpkin seeds

Put the dish in the oven for 10 min or until bubbling and crispy

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Remove the pesto mac 'n' cheese from the oven and leave to stand until cooled slightly

Serve the pesto mac 'n' cheese 

Top with a generous grind of black pepper 

Enjoy!

 

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