Baked Penne with Turkey, Cremini Mushrooms, Bell Peppers in Fontina Cream Sauce



8 oz. fontina cheese, grated

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 onion, diced

1 yellow bell pepper, julienned

1 red bell pepper, julienned

1 orange bell pepper, julienned

10 oz. sliced cremini mushrooms

1 head roasted garlic, pulp squeezed out

3 cups chopped cooked turkey

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 cup half-and-half

1 cup pasta water

1 pound penne, cooked al dente

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan.

In a large heavy bottom pan add 3 tablespoon butter and saute the onions, and bell peppers until softened. Add the roasted garlic, cooked chopped turkey and mushrooms and cook until all the moisture evaporates form the bottom of the pan. Pour in the half-and-half and bring to boil for 2 minutes; set aside. Cook pasta to al dente. Stir in the pasta into the sauce along with 1/2 cup of the grated parmesan. Add the 1 cup of pasta water , toss and stir in the parsley. Pour into the baking dish and spread out evenly. Mix the remaining parmesan cheese and the fontina together. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the casserole. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes until top is golden brown.

Not your boxed Mac and Cheese here, try Bacon Mac and Cheese with Roasted Garlic



6 cups macaroni cooked in salted boiling water just to al dente

6 cups grated sharp cheddar

9 cups whole milk

12 eggs

3/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 cup butter

1 lb. bacon, diced and cooked crisp

1 head roasted garlic, squeezed of pulp

1 1/2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

few dashes hot sauce; to taste

pepper; to taste

2 cups panko crumbs mixed with 1 tablespoon melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a large casserole dish.

Put cooked drained pasta in pot with butter and stir until melted. In a separate bowl combine well the remaining ingredients except the cheese. Stir in the cheese and egg mixture into the buttered pasta. Sprinkle with the buttered panko crumbs. Bake until the casserole is firm but not dry.