6/16/12

Mara's Pasta - Italian Mac'n'Cheese Recipe and Review

In my quest for a healthier lifestyle, I came across Mara's Pasta, a 100% whole wheat pasta that comes in a variety of noodles - Macaroni, Penne, Spaghetti, Fettuccine, Rotini, and Farfalle. I was really excited to get a beautiful gift box of three different pastas to try. This Artisan Pasta is higher in protein and fiber than other whole grain pastas. It's created with a unique variety of Maragrain wheat designed for athletes and those looking for more nutritious foods. The important thing, of course, is whether or not it tastes good!
I decided to create an Italian Mac'n'Cheese Recipe. It turned out pretty good, so I'm going to share it here with you. You'll need a 16 ounce box of Mara's Pasta Whole Wheat Macaroni and you can order that HERE. You can also enter to WIN a gift box of Mara's Pasta in three varieties below.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 3 quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Bring a large pot of water to a boil (add salt if desired). Add 16 ounces of Mara's 100% Whole Wheat Macaroni to pot. Boil the pasta for only 7 minutes, then drain the pasta and set aside.
In another large bowl, whisk together 2 eggs and 3 cups of milk. Add 4 tablespoons of melted, cooled butter and stir. Set aside. Put one layer of macaroni in the casserole dish.
Layer 1 cup of Shredded Romano Cheese, then a layer of macaroni, then 1 cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, then macaroni, then 1 cup of Shredded Asiago Cheese, then the rest of the noodles. Shake Grated Parmesan Cheese over noodle layers.
Pour the milk/butter/egg mixture over the noodles in the dish. Shake some garlic salt over the noodles. Add some pepper if desired. Press the noodles down slightly into the dish with a lightly greased spoon.
Cover the dish with aluminum foil, then bake in the oven for 50 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake another 10 minutes to slightly brown the top of the Mac'n'Cheese. Serve warm.
 
My Mac'n'Cheese turned out really good, but the cheese consistency isn't as creamy as I'd like it to be. Next time, I might add something to make it a bit creamier. I'll probably add a bit more garlic salt than I did this time too. The pasta itself is wonderful. It's really great quality and I feel good knowing I'm giving my family healthier pasta. I definitely recommend Mara's Pasta!
Disclosure: Mara's Pasta provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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76 comments:

  1. I learned that it is higher in protein and fiber than other whole grain pastas. :)

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  2. I learned the pasta only has two ingredients 100% whole wheat flour and water.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  3. Terri Menke6/16/12, 1:53 PM

    I like that it's made of whole wheat

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  4. It is a family run business that has been around for over 100 years. chefl@swbell.net

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  5. I like it is a family business also their commitment to nutrition.

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  6. I really want to try their recipe for Pumpkin Mac ‘N Cheese With Mara’s Macaroni!

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  7. Designed originally for athletes and others who are looking for more nutritious foods

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  8. Cindy Merrill6/16/12, 3:59 PM

    Much better than the regular pasta in stores, I'd like to try the penne.

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  9. I love that it's higher and protein and fiber - that is a great selling point!

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  10. I learned that Mara's Pasta is higher in protein and fiber than other whole grain pastas

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  11. I learned that they are designed for athletes (and others who are looking for more nutritious foods)

    m8usi at yahoo dot com

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  12. http://www.maraspasta.com/products/rotini/ is my favorite product! I love that it is high in fiber which is great for diabetics

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  13. It's simple, just two ingredients!

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  14. Great amount of fiber.

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  15. The have a nice variety.

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  16. Lori Thomas6/16/12, 9:54 PM

    The family has been in the pasta business for over 100 years

    ctymice at gmail dot com

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  17. i learned that's it's higher in protein and fiber than regular pasta which sounds good to me :)

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  18. Their gift boxes come with one fettuccine, one spaghetti, and your choice of farfalle, rotini, or penne.

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  19. I learned it cooks faster than other whole grain pastas

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  20. I learnt they have gift boxes
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  21. I like that it's made of whole wheat with a lower glycemic index.



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  22. I love the healthfulness of the pasta itself. I also wanted to say thanks for the recipe, will definitely have to try this.

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  23. I like that it's high in protein and fiber.

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  24. I like that they are 100% traceable from field to table.

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  25. it's made from 100% whole wheat

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  26. I would love to try their Fettuccine and their Fettuccine with Corn and Squash recipe
    alsmalu at hotmail.com

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  27. i like that it •Cooks faster than other whole grain pastas

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  28. Higher in fiber than others

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  29. Higher in fiber, and protein use a special type of wheat that is grown on family farms

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  30. They have delicious-looking recipes!
    radeeolover at yahoo dot com

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  31. I like the Gift Box – Rotini, Fettuccine, and Spaghetti - emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

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  32. The four cheese baked ziti florentine looks awesome!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  33. I learned about some awesome recipes!!

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  34. It's higher in protein and fiber than other whole grain pastas

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  35. I like their penne pasta.

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  36. Maragrain from Mara's Pasta has a unique milling process.
    http://www.maraspasta.com/what-is-maragrain/

    The all wheat pasta is made with Durum wheat has NO GMOs. Great Product! This is the first time I have read about Mara's Pasta and I was impressed with how it is grown and milled. Thank You for informing me about thes healthy products and of course hosting this contest!
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  37. I like that it is Higher in protein and fiber than other whole grain pastas

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  38. I learned that it cooks faster than other whole grain pastas
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  39. I learned it has only 2 ingredients and that it is higher in fiber and protein then other pastas, which I LOVE!!!

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  40. I learned that it is made with Maragrain whole wheat!

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  41. I like the Farfalle shape - great for cold salads.
    Also the high fiber content.
    Thank you.

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  42. carol roberts6/19/12, 11:10 PM

    higher in protein and fiber than other whole grain pastas

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  43. I learned that the pasta's have 3X more nutritious than ordinary pasta!

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  44. Their recipes sound great-Roasted Asparagus Pasta Salad with Mara’s Whole Wheat Farfalle

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  45. I learned that they have some great recipes I am going to try!

    -rachelm59@yahoo.com

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  46. hope to win 100% wheat grain best quality pasta..................:)

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  47. Made with 100% whole wheat variety specific Maragrain

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  48. judy gregory6/23/12, 9:30 AM

    i like that it cooks faster than other grain pastas. ps on your recipe, make sure the pasta is cool when you pour over the egg mix or temper with a little of the pasta water

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  49. Grown for Cook Natural Products by a network of US family farmers.

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  50. I learned that it is a family run business that has been around for over 100 years.

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  51. I learned that it is whole wheat but the cooking time is shorter than other brands

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  52. I like that their pasta is higher in protein and fiber.

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  53. I learned that Mara’s Pasta Receives 2012 Food & Beverage Product Innovations Award!
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  54. That it cooks faster than other whole grain pastas. ladyvon at grm dot net.

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  55. I learned that it's designed for athletes.

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  56. aimee sanborn6/24/12, 2:31 PM

    It is grown by US family farmers


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  57. I learned it is Higher in protein and fiber than other whole grain pastas

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  58. Cooks faster than other whole grain pastas

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  59. High in fiber, I love artisan pasta
    tammyhoffa at gmail dot com

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  60. I would like to try the recipe "Mara’s Fettuccine with corn, squash, peppers, tomatoes, and cilantro"

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  61. I like that it's high in fiber

    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

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  62. Visit Mara's Pasta and tell me something you like or learned on their website.


    Made with 100% whole wheat

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  63. It's higher in protein and fiber than other whole grain pastas.

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  64. cooks faster than any other whole grain pasta

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  65. I liked the Mara’s Whole Wheat Fettuccine Spring Vegetable Primavera recipe.

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  66. Mars's pasta is higher in protein and fiber than other whole grain pastas

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  67. This pasta cooks faster than any other whole grain pasta.

    Bobbie Munsey

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  68. I like that its made from whole wheat!

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  69. I learned that their products are 100% traceable from field to table ... the grain used to make Mara’s Pasta comes from two distinct family-owned farms in North Dakota and Montana.
    Sml Footprints
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  70. I learned that it Cooks faster than other whole grain pastas.

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  71. made from whole wheat and cooks faster - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  72. I learned that Mara's Pasta is higher in protein and fiber than other whole grain pastas

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  73. this recipe looks interesting

    http://www.maraspasta.com/recipes/pumpkin-mac-%E2%80%98n-cheese-with-maras-macaroni/

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