Apple and Cheddar Penne Pie Recipe

Last night I made this yummy Apple and Cheddar Penne Pie ! Unbelievable! Try it!

Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 35 mins
Bake: 350°F 40 mins
Stand: 20 mins
Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
  • 3 teaspoons snipped fresh thyme
  • 12 ounces dried penne pasta (3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tart cooking apples (3 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla (1 small)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 whole milk
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 3 ounce packages cream cheese, softened and cut up
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
  • Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)

Directions1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch springform pan with 1 tablespoon of the softened butter. Sprinkle sides of pan with 1/3 cup of the panko to coat; set aside. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon softened butter. Stir the remaining 1/3 cup panko and 1 teaspoon of the thyme into melted butter; set aside.

2. Cook pasta 2 minutes less than directed by package directions; drain. Return pasta to pan; set aside.

3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cook apples and onion in the 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes or until tender. Add flour, salt, and pepper to saucepan. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in milk and apple cider. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low. Add cheeses and the remaining 2 teaspoons thyme; stir until cheese melts.

4. Add sauce mixture to pasta; stir to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle with reserved panko mixture.

5. Bake, uncovered, about 40 minutes or until edges are bubbly. Let stand on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove sides of pan. Using a serrated knife, cut pie into eight wedges. If desired, top with fresh thyme sprigs.

Posted on September 26, 2012, in Recipe and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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