California Avocado-Studded Mac ‘n Cheese

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information
per serving

Calories 550
Total Fat 32g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 70mg
Sodium 870mg
Total Carbs 0g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 18g
Potassium 0mg
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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Serves: 24

8 oz. unsalted butter 6 oz. all-purpose flour (1 1/2 cups) 3 quarts milk 2 Tbsp. salt 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 1 1/2 lb. Pesto Jack cheese, shredded 8 oz. dried tomatoes (packed in oil), drained and chopped 1/4 cup chopped parsley 2 lb. 4 ounces dry elbow macaroni 6 California Avocados, diced (6 lbs.)
  1. To make cheese sauce, melt butter; stir in flour.
  2. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes.
  3. Whisk in milk; simmer over medium-low heat; stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in salt and cayenne pepper.
  5. Stir in cheese until it melts and is completely incorporated.
  6. Stir in tomato and parsley; reserve.
  7. Cook pasta in salted, boiling water until almost done. Drain well.
  8. Fold cheese sauce into macaroni; gently fold in avocado.
  9. Pour mixture into buttered 12 x 20 x 2-inch pan.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees F until lightly browned and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
  11. NOTE: To bake individual servings, put approximately 1 1/3 cups pasta mixture in each of 24 buttered gratinee dishes. Bake at 350 degrees F until lightly browned and bubbly, about 15 minutes.

Editor’s Note:  Jack cheese (often called Monterey Jack Cheese) can be substituted for the Pesto Jack Cheese.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Did You Know?

Avocados can actually be used in baking recipes. Learn more about California Avocados.

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


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