Inspired by Parks and Recreation – Mac & Cheese Pizza

[gifs via the official Parks and Rec tumblr]

I’ve been meaning to make mac & cheese pizza ever since this episode aired six months ago, and the other night I finally had the opportunity and resources to do so.  As you’re all intelligent human beings with the capacity to understand that mac & cheese pizza is just pasta and sauce on top of a pizza base, I’m not going to provide a step-by-step guide as to how I made the thing, but rather discuss the taste, and how it could possibly be made better.

Mac & Cheese PizzaClockwise from top left: 1. The ingredients; 2. Experimenting with different sauces on the base; 3. Before putting it in the oven; 4. The finished product.

For experimentation purposes, I split my base into three portions: one with pizza sauce underneath the mac & cheese, another with a basic basil pesto, and a third and final piece with nothing at all.

Let’s start with the least impressive piece: having no sauce between your mac & cheese and the base makes for a very bland piece of pizza.  I do not recommend this option at all.  Adding some pizza sauce, however, brings a welcome addition of some extra flavour.  But, my favourite piece of the pizza was the one with the pesto underneath.  I’m no food blogger, so I’m not going to pretend that I know why the flavours worked so well together, but they did.  Pesto is the perfect ingredient to spread between the base and topping on your mac & cheese pizza.  So now you know…

Overall, I wasn’t terribly sold on the whole mac & cheese pizza experience.  While the pesto piece was nice, and I’d probably eat it again, I’m not going to rush out to make this for my dinner on a regular basis.  Adding a thick pizza base to what is already a very carb-full dish doesn’t improve on the taste in any way, and seems unnecessary.

If there are any people out there who have been inspired to make their own mac & cheese pizza in an attempt to bring out their inner Leslie Knope, please let me know how it went.  Have you discovered any other ingredients or techniques to make the pizza even more amazing?  Or were you bitterly disappointed by the whole experience?  Comment below and we can discuss these very important issues in great detail.


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