Pesto Mac & Cheese

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The other night, we enjoyed a tweak on a family favorite. I took my standard Mac & Cheese recipe and made it a little fancy. I subbed jack cheese for cheddar and stirred in a little pesto as well as some tomatoes. The result?

A tremendously rich and decadent meatless meal. A large salad of baby greens and some garlic bread rounded it out.

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Sounds like a really tasty new version of mac & cheese!

  2. Looks good…I love pesto!

  3. I’ve never had pesto. I really should try it since basil is one of my favorite herbs. That looks delicious, Jessica.

  4. It’s great to meet you Jessica. I just linked up Lemon Cranberry Muffins & our FAVE breakfast options to the hop! Thanks for hosting. Like you, I strive to feed my family meals made from scratch with real foods. I also have a $600 food budget, though we only have 3 kids (girls). We live in South Florida.

    I’m now subscribed to your blog & following on Twitter. Love Twitter!

    Denise @ Creative Kitchen

  5. Mmm, Pesto is so yummy!!!

  6. Yum! That looks fun to try. I love pesto!

  7. What a great idea to add pesto! Looks great!

  8. That looks like a delicious twist to regular man n cheese! Thanks for hosting!

  9. This looks great with the pesto, I just wish my kids would eat it! Well, more for me this way, thanks!

  10. Looks interesting but good.

  11. Barb @ A Life in Balance says:

    I love this idea! We grow basil every year, and I freeze it in cubes as pesto. I usually drop it in tomato sauces. We also like to mix it with pasta and sprinkle romano cheese over top. Another idea is to mix it into the ricotta mixture for calzones.

  12. Thanks so much for letting us all link here. I love your site and getting all the other bloggers recipes! Thanks again!!

  13. Hey Jess! I had an adventure yesterday and it ended up on my plate! I made gnocchi for the first time and then I pan fried them into little crispy pillows thanks to mark bittman’s instructions. I then sprinkled them with foraged white pine needle tips crushed in sea salt. They were amazing! All the best, Alex

  14. Sometimes the best meals are the impromtu/improvised ones. This looks delicious.

  15. Sounds yummy, I know I would love it, not sure if my husband would!

  16. I’m a little late in the game with adding my link, but I’m still fairly new to the blogging world. 🙂

    Your mac & cheese with pesto sounds divine, I will be trying it soon!

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