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Pesto Mac and Cheese! A super easy dinner recipe, with loads of flavor!

Pesto Mac and Cheese

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Creamy, cheesy, and SO much flavor! This is an easy and delicious weeknight meal!


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, plus 3 tablespoons, divided
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/4 cup pesto sauce
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Boil pasta according to directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. While the pasta is boiling melt 1/2 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add in the flour and stir to combine for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Slowly whisk in the heavy cream and milk, mixing until smooth. Add in the grated cheddar cheese, stirring constantly until smooth, and thick, about 7 minutes. Add in the pesto and stir to combine.
  4. Add the cooked pasta into the cheese sauce, and stir to coat.
  5. Pour the pasta into the prepared baking dish.
  6. In a small bowl mix together the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Sprinkle this on top of the pasta.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and the breadcrumbs are toasted and golden.
  8. Serve immediately.


store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat single servings in microwave.

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