Thursday, January 3, 2013

Baked Penne with Leeks

Baked Penne with Leeks
One of my new year's resolutions is to go through the many magazines that I've collected over the last couple of years.  My collection includes - Food Network, Cooking Light, Sandra Lee (now defunct), Taste of Home, Bon Appetit, Better Home and Gardens and a few other strays (I had over 200!).  Yikes, I was running out of storage room.  So....every day since last Sunday I've been sitting down with a stack, my trusty exacto knife and cutting out the ones I would like to try.  The above is one of those.... I love mac-n-cheese recipes!  I keep trying to find "the one!"  Leeks sounded good too - in the last couple of years I've just started cooking with them and have to say they add a nice flavor to many dishes....

Recipe Source:  Bon Appetit March 2009

On New Year's Eve, we decided to stay put and fire up the grill with some tasty burgers (it was 6 degrees but that didn't stop us!)  The original recipe called for it to be made in a large baking dish but I used 4 ramakiens - a perfect side dish.  We both really enjoyed it!

I would love to know if you have a favorite mac-n-cheese recipe to share...
Baked Penne with Cheddar and Leeks Serves: 4 Calories: na Prep Time to Table: 1 hour
Recipe : Bon Appetit March 2009

• 1/8 cup butter
• 2 1/2 cups chopped leeks (white and pale green parts only)
• 1/8 cup all purpose flour
• 1 3/4 cups whole milk
• 1/2 pound extra-sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
• 1 1/2 tsps Dijon mustard
• 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
• 1 large eggs
• 1/2 pound penne pasta

1. Lightly butter 4 ramakins. Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks; stir to coat. Cover saucepan and cook until leeks are tender, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes (do not brown). Uncover saucepan; add flour. Stir 2 minutes. Add milk; bring to simmer, stirring often. Add cheese, mustard, and pepper sauce. Stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat. Season cheese sauce to taste with salt.
2. Whisk egg in medium bowl. Gradually whisk in 1 cup cheese sauce (this prevents egg from “cooking”-do slowly). Stir egg mixture into cheese sauce in saucepan.
3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain. Return to pot.
4. Stir cheese sauce into pasta in pot. Transfer to prepared ramakins.
5. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake pasta until cheese sauce is bubbling around edges and some ends of pasta are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes 6. Let stand 15 minutes.



  1. OH MY, Deb ... I can't wait to "try" this one. I LOVE Leeks. I have an awesome recipe for Ham & Leek Shepherd's Pie too. I dehydrated leeks this Fall from my veggie garden, as they are so expensive to buy here in the Winter, or anytime as far as I am concerned. Oh I have tons of "to try".

  2. Mmm, I love leeks! I added them to my last batch of chicken noodle soup, a definite keeper ingredient now! I never would have thought of them in a mac&cheese, but it looks delicious! I happen to have a favorite... if you're interested :)

  3. Love the addition of leeks. Found you through Rattlebridge Farm party this morning. Would love for you to share some treasures on Thursdays Treasures Link Party

  4. Hey Deb - Just found you in the GYB listing, love the recipes and especially the photography! Looking forward to following on FB

  5. I can't get enough leeks this time of year and in baked penne my kids will enjoy them too. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday. Will pin.

  6. Hi Deb,
    Your Baked Penne with Leeks looks so comforting, we will just love this dish. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. What a wonderful combination. Looks just delicious.

  8. I do love leeks, they pack plenty of flavor. This looks delicious.

  9. I am a sucker for pasta. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing on I Gotta Try That.

  10. I love pasta. I love leeks. This looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

  11. YUM!! My husband and I would Love this!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Two-Cup Tuesday! See ya again next week!

  12. Ooey gooey cheesy! Yum! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

  13. Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back and VOTE on Sunday!

  14. Thanks for linking up with us at FFF.
    Dawn co host

  15. Sounds amazing -- so is grilling in 6 degree weather:-) Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

  16. oh wow, yummy!!! I want this for dinner!!! :o) Thanks so much for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. Just wanted to let you know that you will be featured at this weeks party!

  17. yummy!! I want this for dinner! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. Just wanted to let you know that you will be featured at this weeks party!

  18. This sounds so yummy! Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I look forward to seeing what you share this week :)

  19. Yummy! I love leeks but I never know what to do with them other than put them in potato soup or grill them. I'm pinning this to try the next time I get leeks in my CSA box. Thanks for sharing at Whatcha' WHipped Up!


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