Easy Italian Mac

Mac 'n' cheese takes a decidedly Italian twist with bow tie pasta and mascarpone cheese. This quick and easy dinner can be on the table in 30 minutes.

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Makes:
4 servings
Serving Size:
1 1/2 cup
Start to Finish:
30 mins
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Easy Italian Mac

Ingredients
8
ounces dried bow tie pasta
1
fennel bulb, trimmed and chopped
8
ounces fresh asparagus spears
1
tablespoon butter
1
tablespoon olive oil
1
clove garlic, minced
1/2
cup mascarpone cheese
1/2
1/4
cup finely shredded Pecorino Romano cheese (1 oz.)
1
cup frozen peas, thawed
 
ground black pepper
 
salt
1
tablespoon finely chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water; set aside. Chop fennel into 1-inch pieces. Snap off and discard woody bases from asparagus. Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces. In a large skillet cook and stir fennel and asparagus in hot butter and olive oil over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until nearly tender. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  2. Add pasta, mascarpone cheese, and reserved pasta water to skillet. Stir to combine. Stir in mozzarella, Romano cheese, and peas. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to serving dish; sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition Facts

(Easy Italian Mac)
    Per serving:
  • 449 kcal cal.,
  • 19 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 7 g monounsatured fat),
  • 41 mg chol.,
  • 430 mg sodium,
  • 55 g carb.,
  • 6 g fiber,
  • 4 g sugar,
  • 19 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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