Pesto Pasta Baked Casserole


I should have posted this recipe earlier in the week; however, I was a bit slammed at work and needed to pack for our honeymoon! I made this recipe up after our bus ride back from Boston and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I served this dish with garlic bread and salad. This was perfect for a Sunday night dinner!

Ingredients
  • 1 box pasta
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 cup of flour 
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 6 cups of non-fat milk
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese + ¼ cup to sprinkle on top
  • 1 8 oz. jar of pesto sauce

Directions
1.     Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Boil a medium pot of water and cook the pasta until al dente.
2.     Drain the pasta in a colander and put it aside.
3.     In the same medium pot, melt the butter and press the 4 garlic cloves. Cook for about 1-2 minutes.
4.     Stir in the flour until it gets clumpy. Slowly pour in the heavy cream and let it simmer until the sauce thickens.
5.     Stir in the parmesan cheese and the pesto and mix until the cheese is completely melted and thickened. Take the pasta and mix and pour it into the cheese mixture.
6.     Spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray and pour the pasta mixture into the dish.  Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese on top and bake for approximately 25 minutes  or until the cheese is browned and the casserole has set.

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