This Apple and Cheese Penne Pie is like serving a dressed up version of macaroni and cheese. If you don’t want to make it fancy or don’t have a spring form pan this recipe can also be made in a casserole dish. This dish offers great flavor and is easy to make. Serve along side a juicy portion of grilled beef for a great side dish!
I made this Apple and cheese Penne Pie for a ladies brunch. It was perfect! ♥CRISPY ON THE OUTSIDE AND CREAMY ON THE INSIDE!♥
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 2/3 cup panko break crumbs, divided
- 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon of dried, divided
- 12 ounce dried penne pasta
- 2 cups chopped, peeled tart cooking apples (3 medium)
- 1/2 cup chopped, sweet onion
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups whole milk (I used 2% because that's what I had and it was fine)
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 6 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut up
- 1-1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese (6 ounces), I used gouda
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a Spring form pan with non stick cooking spray, sprinkle sides of pan with 1/3 cup panko to coat; set aside.
- Melt the tablespoon of butter.
- Stir in the remaining 1/3 cup panko and half of the thyme; set aside.
- Cook pasta for 2 minutes less than directed in the package directions; drain.
- Return pasta to pan; set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cook apple and onions in 3 tablespoons butter for 5 to 8 minutes or until tender.
- Stir in flour, salt and pepper.
- Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
- Stir in milk and cider; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
- Reduce heat to low; add cream cheese, white cheddar cheese (or Gouda), and the remaining thyme, stirring until cheeses are melted.
- Pour cooked pasta over cheese mixture; stir gently to combine.
- Pour into the prepared pan.
- Sprinkle with the reserved panko mixture.
- Bake about 40 minutes or until edges are bubbly.
- Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
- Run a butter knife around the edges and remove sides of pan.
- Using a serrated knife, cut pie into wedges.
This recipe is from Lady Behind The Curtain
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