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Apple and Cheddar Penne Pie

Makes: 8 servings
Prep 35 mins Bake 350°F 40 mins Stand 20 mins
Apple and Cheddar Penne Pie
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  cups  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)
Directions

1. 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.

Nutrition Facts (Apple and Cheddar Penne Pie)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 469,
  • Fat, total (g) 24,
  • chol. (mg) 71,
  • sat. fat (g) 14,
  • carb. (g) 46,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 6,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • sugar (g) 9,
  • pro. (g) 15,
  • vit. A (IU) 777,
  • vit. C (mg) 2,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 3,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 117,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 438,
  • Potassium (mg) 297,
  • calcium (mg) 263,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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