You might not think apple slices and cheddar cheese go together, but this pasta recipe will convince you otherwise! This easy pasta dinner has tons of flavor thanks to fresh thyme, and makes for a creamy and hearty dinner.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°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.

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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

469 calories; 24 g total fat; 14 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 6 g monounsaturated fat; 71 mg cholesterol; 438 mg sodium. 297 mg potassium; 46 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 9 g sugar; 15 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 777 IU vitamin a; 2 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 3 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 117 mcg folate; 1 mcg vitamin b12; 263 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;

Reviews (3)

16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: Unrated
10/08/2013
This was very good. I will definitely be making it again. I used extra-sharp white cheddar. I did make a couple changes by not baking it in a springform pan, but simply serving it after adding the pasta and stirring. I also added a pound of browned breakfast sausage to the cheese mixture with the pasta for my non-vegetarian guys.
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10/09/2013
I made this tonight and it was yummy. We use to go to a restaurant that served a similar dish but they took it off the menu. I used Sharp White Cheddar and added some freshly grated Parm. I also baked it in a casserole dish and added Panko crumbs to the top. Oh..and I added 2 diced chicken breasts that I had sauteed in olive oil. Served with a salad and some fresh crusty bread. Will definitely be making this again!
Rating: Unrated
10/15/2013
I just made this as written - it was so yummy - will be making it again over the holidays! I think some Chicken-Apple sausage would be a fantastic addition.
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