Monday, February 20, 2012

Horseradish-Jack Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes

This one is dedicated to all my fellow horseradish obsessed peeps!

I am not a big time mac and cheese cooker/eater, but I was looking for another way to eat horseradish. Infusing it in pasta and cheese seemed like the right thing to do. The roasted baby tomatoes are optional, but I found these created a lovely contrast of brightness and sweetness with the rich, hot (as in horseradish burn) cheesy pasta. This is by far my favorite mac and cheese ever! I thought I could have put even more horseradish in, but my roommate, who is not a horseradish aficionado said it was the right amount. So if you really like the stuff and are consuming with other lifers, give the bottle another press.

Horseradish-Jack Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes

  • 4 cups cooked pasta (I used penne)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 3 roasted red peppers, minced (I used the jar version)
  • 1/3 cup horseradish sauce (I used my beloved NW brand, Beaverton Foods)
  • 1 pint baby tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • butter/olive oil

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Drizzle  olive oil or butter (I use olive oil, of course) on the bottom of a 10x10 casserole pan and sprinkle with half of breadcrumbs.
  • Mix eggs, cheese, milk, peppers and horseradish together, toss with pasta and pour into pan.
  • Top with tomatoes and sprinkle on rest of breadcrumbs.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. 


Lenia said...

Yummy pasta dish!Many kisses!

FOODalogue said...

I bet that had a little zing! Looks mighty good to me.

Esi said...

Lol. Well I love a good Mac and cheese. Love the horseradish spin.

Helen said...

Yum! I love mac & cheese and so do my hips lol. I never thought to add horseradish to it though. I'm sure I'd enjoy the extra kick since I'm also a fan of Kimchi, which many dislike and can be an acquired taste.

sophia said...

Oh man, I never thought about adding horseradish to MAC and CHEESE!!! That sounds perfect-- a great tang and kick to an otherwise sometimes cloying dish.

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Mmmm…horseradish! I can imagine the nose clearing kick after a serve of that. Again, love your creativity behind this dish.

Banana Wonder said...

Lenia - Only if they are horseradish kisses...

FOODalogue - Zing is the right word!

Esi - Thanks, you know it!

Helen - Kimchi mac and cheese might --> you are on it! My hips tell me mac and cheese are good for them... but I think they are lying.

Sophia - Long time no speakie. Do it, do it!

Peter - nose cleared and ready for more.

Lindsay @ Rosemarried said...

Ahhh! This sounds AWESOME. I love Mac and Cheese and I love horseradish. Thank you for combining the two!