Picnic Macaroni and Cheese

Picnic Macaroni and Cheese

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Recipe Rating: 3.57092
Serves 6 to 8
It's mac and cheese for summertime! Warm shell pasta delicately melts Pecorino Romano and protein-packed cottage cheeses for a satisfying and unique spin on the comfort classic. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature — a perfect dish for your next picnic or potluck barbeque. Great served alongside fresh sliced tomatoes and basil.
Ingredients: 
  • 1 pound whole wheat pasta shells
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 (16-ounce) container cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
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Method: 
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook until just tender, about 8 minnutes. Drain, immediately return to pot and toss with oil and Romano cheese until cheese is mostly melted into the warm pasta. Transfer pasta mixture to a large bowl, add cottage cheese and parsley and toss to combine. Taste first, then season with salt and pepper. Cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 420 calories (130 from fat), 14g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 25mg cholesterol, 670mg sodium, 51g carbohydrates, (2 g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 22g protein.
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