You realize, like mac ‘n’ cheese, minus the mac, plus the beans….
This recipe happened the way in which loads of recipes come about nowadays — my daughter, Abby, walked into the kitchen, noticed a pot of beans on the range and mentioned, “You realize what could be actually good? In case you made beans the way in which you made mac and cheese.” And she or he was proper. Partly. As a result of right here’s the great thing about this dinner: The entire béchamel sauce factor that’s often so essential to creating mac and cheese? I skipped that half. The cream? Skipped that, too. The a number of pots and pans factor? Nope! This meal cooks in one pot. Its relation to mac and cheese lies principally within the garlic-spiked crunchy topping and the peppery cheese combined in with the beans — for me, the very best model of mac and cheese at all times has a mix of sharp cheddar, gruyère, and Parm. And plenty of pepper.
Listed below are a couple of methods you may prefer to deploy this recipe:
- You are attempting to persuade a younger (or not so younger!) vegetarian to love beans
- You’ve gotten a macaroni and cheese obsessive in the home and want to increase his or her horizons
- You’ve gotten odds and ends of cheese within the fridge that you simply’d like to make use of up — this recipe solely requires a single cup of cheese, considerably lower than most mac and cheese recipes.
- You want one thing on the desk quick.
And lastly, you prefer to that one thing to style glorious.
Beans ‘n’ Cheese
I served this with the best chopped tomato salad — basil, olive oil, pink wine vinegar, minced pink onion — however any easy inexperienced salad and piece of crusty bread will spherical this out for dinner.
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion chopped (about 1/2 cup)
kosher salt and freshly floor black pepper
pinch pink pepper flakes
4 1/2 cups (or 3 15-ounce cans) cooked white beans, resembling Nice Northern or cannellini, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup shredded gruyère
1/2 shredded sharp cheddar
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
leaves from 3 or 4 sprigs recent thyme
Set oven to broil.
In a big oven-safe deep skillet set over medium warmth, add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, onions, salt, pepper, and pink pepper flakes. Cook dinner till softened, about 5 minutes.
Add beans, and cook dinner till warmed via, about 5 minutes. Flip warmth to medium-low, add gruyère and cheddar, and stir till melted. Take away from warmth.
In medium bowl, combine collectively the panko with the garlic powder, Parm, salt, pepper and remaining olive oil, reserved cheese, and extra salt and pepper. It’ll really feel like loads of topping, however persevere. You’re going to need the crunch.
Switch the skillet to the oven and broil 5 to eight minutes till crumbs are golden brown. (Keep watch over it so it doesn’t burn.) Take away the skillet utilizing an oven mitt — the deal with shall be very popular! Let relaxation for about 5 minutes to let it set.
Serve topped with recent thyme.