Grown-Up Tomato Mac and Cheese
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Servings: 8
1 box (16 ounces) gemelli pasta
4 cups water
2 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
1/2 cup (2 ounces) Pecorino
Romano cheese, grated
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
1 jar (24 ounces) RAGÚ Simply Traditional Pasta Sauce
2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
In large pot, combine pasta and water. Cook over medium-high heat 20-22 minutes, or until pasta is done, stirring occasionally.
In bowl, combine 2 cups cheddar cheese, Pecorino Romano cheese and corn starch. Reduce heat to medium; stir milk, cheese mixture and sauce together with cooked pasta. Cook 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mixture is thickened, stirring frequently.
Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and pepper; serve immediately.
Tip: This stovetop method eliminates the need to drain the pasta after cooking. The starchy pasta water gets stirred in and helps create an extra-rich sauce. Elevate this dish by sprinkling crushed Parmesan cheese crisps on top before serving.