The Dish with Anita: California avocado macaroni and cheese - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

The Dish with Anita: California avocado macaroni and cheese

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - I was introduced to the original version of this recipe from one of the ladies at work, and after making it with great results I was inspired to make my own version with some of my favorites like BACON!

I really love the use of avocados in this recipe. Not only does it give great eye appeal, it's a creative way to showcase avocados other than in a salad. And after all who doesn't love mac and cheese? This is a great side dish or entrée. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

10 to 13 ounces multi grain elbow macaroni

1 tbsp each: minced garlic, shallots

2 California avocados, peeled and pitted

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 1/2 tablespoons of each - olive oil, butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 tsp each - salt, onion powder ½ tsp pepper

1 cup plain soy milk heated (or fat free Half and Half)

2 cups shredded light pepper jack cheese or sharp white cheddar cheese

Fresh avocado chunks, crumbled bacon (optional)

Instructions:

Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente, remove from heat drain and return to pot, set aside.

Place the garlic, shallots, avocado, fresh lime juice and cilantro in a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy.

Place olive oil in a large saucepot heat on medium, add butter. Once melted whisk in flour, salt, onion powder and pepper . Pour in heated milk and continue whisking. Once sauce has thickened somewhat reduce heat to medium low and stir in cheese until melted. Stir in macaroni until well coated, followed by the creamed avocado mixture. If using avocado chunks, gently toss with a little lime juice just before gently folding into macaroni and cheese. Top with crumbled bacon if using and serve hot.

  • CBS 8 FEATURESMore>>

  • 2nd annual '4-H Day at the Padres'

    2nd annual '4-H Day at the Padres'

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:05:30 GMT
    When the Padres take on the Cubs next month there will be some special kids on the field. The 2nd annual "4-H Day at the Padres" is May 25 and some of the proceeds from each ticket sale will benefit San Diego County 4-H. 
    When the Padres take on the Cubs next month there will be some special kids on the field. The 2nd annual "4-H Day at the Padres" is May 25 and some of the proceeds from each ticket sale will benefit San Diego County 4-H. 
  • Tapes reveal horror of student bus crash

    Tapes reveal horror of student bus crash

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:56:03 GMT
    Authorities have released the 911 tapes in the deadly crash of a tour bus and a FedEx truck in Northern California. This, as the CHP is working to reconstruct what happened before and during the crash.
     
    Authorities have released the 911 tapes in the deadly crash of a tour bus and a FedEx truck in Northern California. This, as the CHP is working to reconstruct what happened before and during the crash. 
  • Is your car spying on you?

    Is your car spying on you?

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-04-18 03:24:00 GMT
    Computers on newer cars and SUVs are collecting data that shows everything from speed and performance to location, and most drivers don't even know it. 
    Computers on newer cars and SUVs are collecting data that shows everything from speed and performance to location, and most drivers don't even know it. 
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.