In small doses, cheese offers plenty of Meatless Monday benefits. It’s a source of protein and calcium, and therefore easily swaps out with meat as the star of the dinner plate. Making the pasta into a pie makes it a fun way to celebrate food with the entire family.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/4-1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 cups pasta of choice, cooked
- 1 cup steamed broccoli, chopped
- 1 cup baby corn, cut in large chunks
- 1 cup orange pepper, chopped
In a sauté pan over high heat, melt the butter then lightly saute the shallots. Reduce the heat to low, pour in the milk and spices and simmer for a couple of minutes. Stir constantly so that the milk doesn’t scald. Once small bubbles begin to rise to the top, add 3/4 of the cheese and stir. Remove from heat and cool a bit.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Assuming all of the veggies have been prepped, all that’s left is to gently fold in the cooked pasta, then the vegetables, and spread the product into a pie pan. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes then check to see if the cheese is bubbling. If it isn’t, you might turn the broiler on for another 5 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.