The Goddess Mac & Cheese

“These exotic ethnic flavours blend beautifully with the Camembert. Mustard seed and broccoli add layered flavour, and it’s all bathed in a traditional butter chicken sauce.” - Bal Arneson

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cooking: 15 min - 20 min
Yields 6 - 8 servings
the goddess mac cheese

Ingredients

  • Bottom layer
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) fennel seeds
  • 2 cups (500 mL) broccoli finely chopped
  • Top layer
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) grape seed oil
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) fresh garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh ginger chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) garam masala
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 35 % cream
  • 4 cups (1 L) cooked macaroni
  • 10 oz (285 g) Poplar Grove Okanagan Double Cream Camembert thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) Panko bread crumbs

Preparation

Preheat broiler.

Bottom layer:

In a medium skillet, heat oil and fennel seeds on medium-high heat for 5 seconds. Add broccoli; sauté for 3–4 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Spread mixture in an 8-cup (2 L) shallow baking dish; set aside.

Top layer:

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and ginger; sauté for 4 minutes or until golden. Add tomato paste, fenugreek, brown sugar, spices, salt and pepper; sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in cream; reduce heat and cook 2 minutes or until sauce thickens. Turn heat off; stir in macaroni.

Spoon macaroni mixture on top of broccoli. Layer Camembert on top; sprinkle with bread crumbs. Broil for 4–5 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

Tips

Cheese alternative: Canadian Double Cream Camembert.

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Nutrition

Nutritional Information

per serving
Energy: 467 Calories
Protein: 14 g
Carbohydrate: 34 g
Fat: 32 g
Fibre: 4.4 g
Sodium: 503 mg
Calcium: 215 mg