Rosemary and Kale Mac and Cheese
Creamy mac and cheese with a hint of rosemary and kale, perfect for a comforting weeknight dinner. Enjoy this delicious dish with Tillamook's award-winning cheese.
¼ cup (½ stick) Tillamook Extra Creamy Unsalted Butter
1 Small yellow onion, diced
3 cups Kale, stems removed & chopped fine
3 Cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp Fresh rosemary, minced
1 tbsp +1 tsp Kosher salt, divided
½ tsp Freshly ground black pepper
¼ tsp Red pepper flakes
1⁄8tsp Ground nutmeg
2 cups Heavy cream
3 cups (12 oz) Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Shredded Sharp Cheddar
1 cup (4 oz)Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Shredded Italian Blend
1 lb Dried cavatappi pasta
In a 6-quart pot add 4 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon of kosher salt. Bring to a boil on a stove set to high heat.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a 4-quart pot set to medium heat.
Add the onion. Cook, stirring continuously until the onion becomes translucent (2-3 minutes).
Add the kale, garlic, rosemary, salt, black pepper, red pepper and nutmeg. Cook until fragrant and kale has softened (1 minute).
Add the cream, and turn the stove to medium-high heat. Cook, stirring continuously, until bubbling and thick (3 minutes).
Turn heat to low. Add the sharp cheddar and Italian blend cheese. Whisk until all the cheese has melted and the sauce has thickened slightly. Taste the seasoning, adjusting as needed. Turn off heat.
Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente (9-10 minutes). Drain the pasta in a colander.
Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and stir to combine. Continue to stir until the sauce has incorporated and the pasta is tender.
Divide pasta into 4-6 bowls and serve hot.