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Fusilli with Three Cheeses and Red Bell Pepper

Source: Quick from Scratch - One Dish Meals
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  Serves 4
Macaroni and cheese goes upscale with fontina, mozzarella, and Parmesan. This particular combination provides plenty of flavor and meltability, but don't limit yourself to our selection: Make your own trio from the cheeses you have on hand.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
4 tablespoons butter
2 red bell peppers, cut into thin strips
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 pound fusilli
1/4 pound fontina cheese, grated (about 1 cup)
3 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup)
6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
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DIRECTIONS
In a medium frying pan, melt one tablespoon of the butter over moderately low heat. Add the bell peppers and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and cook until soft, about 10 minutes.


Heat the broiler. Butter a large shallow baking dish.


In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the fusilli until just done, about 13 minutes. Drain and return to the hot pot. Toss the pasta with the remaining 3 tablespoons butter and 3/4 teaspoon salt, the sautéed bell peppers, the fontina, mozzarella, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan, and the black pepper.


Transfer the pasta to the prepared baking dish and sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons Parmesan over the top. Broil until the top starts to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with additional Parmesan.


Browned and Bubbling


Cheese often turns stringy when tossed with hot pasta. Broiling the dish after tossing melts the strings into a smooth sauce. An added bonus: that irresistible brown crust.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 646
Fat. Total: 28g
Fiber: 3g
Carbohydrates, Total: 69g
Sodium: 1104mg
% Cal. from Fat: 39%
Cholesterol: 83mg
Protein: 29g
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Rating: 5
by: Donald Reviewed: 11/07/2011
Fusilli with three cheeses and red bell pepper
It's a great recipe. But to liven it up even more. Grate Feta cheese over the top and it is GREAT!!
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