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Nothing says I love you like a gooey, steamy bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese. Truly nothing. And when that mac and cheese is a gorgeous hue of pink… romance. This stovetop pink mac and cheese is simple to whip up and results in an absolutely beautiful bowl of pasta more photogenic (and delicious) than a bouquet of pink roses. Experiment with adding more or less beet for different hues or add and plate your beet gradually for an ombre pasta dish unlike any other.
Pink Mac and Cheese
Boil pasta until al dente, set aside.
Heat a dutch oven over medium heat. Add butter and let melt. Stir in flour until a paste forms, about a minute.
Add paprika and a pinch of salt. Lower heat to medium low and slowly stir in milk, until a warm sauce has formed. Stir in cheese. Add minced beet, small spoonfuls at a time, until your desired pink color is in the pan.
Stir in pasta and cook in warm cheese sauce for two minutes. Plate and garnish with hazelnuts, if desired, and any remaining beet.