Baked Spelt Macaroni & Cheese
- 12 ounces spelt elbow macaroni
- 2 1/4 cups melted cheddar cheese
- 2 slices whole wheat bread
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook for 8 minutes, stirring often, or until the macaroni is tender but still firm to the bite.
Drain, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Toss the macaroni with the melted cheese in a large bowl, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten and coat the pasta.
Transfer the macaroni mixture to an 8-inch square baking dish. Cover and bake for 20 minutes, or until heated through.
Meanwhile, chop the bread in a food processor until coarse crumbs form.
Toss the bread crumbs with the parsley, oil, garlic, and pepper in a bowl to coat. Uncover the hot macaroni and cheese, and sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over.
Continue baking uncovered for 15 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and crisp.