Pepato Cheese and Artichoke Bake

Servings: 6-8


Ingredients:

1 (16-ounce) package elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup leeks (white part only), chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 cups (1 pint) heavy cream
2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin Gouda cheese, shredded
1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin Pepato cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
4 tablespoons chopped chives, divided
1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Cooking Directions:

Cook macaroni according to package directions; rinse, drain and reserve.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Melt butter in large saucepan until sizzling. Add mushrooms, leeks, and garlic, and sauté over medium heat approximately 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender. Add cream, stir, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low; add cheeses, stirring constantly, just until melted. Stir in the mustard, salt, pepper, artichokes, and 3 tablespoons of chives. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.

Gently stir in cooked macaroni, mixing well. Spoon into a buttered 3-quart, oven-proof baking dish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is browned. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon of chives before serving.

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I had this recipe last weekend and loved it so much I went back for seconds!
Reviewed on 2/6/2010 by iwanski5