14
Mar
08

Comfort Food: Mac & Cheese

Inspiration: Ooey Gooey Goodness….Creamy Mac & Cheese

Creation: White Cheddar & Parmesan Mac & Cheese

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Preheat 375

Butter sides of medium baking dish 

What:

Bechamel Sauce

  • 6 TBSP Butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Pasta

  • 16 oz box macaroni pasta
  • Kosher Salt

Cheese

  • 3 cups White Cheddar – grated
  • 2 cups Parmesan – grated

Topping

  • 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan – finely grated

How:

Bechamel Sauce         

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  • Melt butter in saute pan
  • Whisk in flour quickly until absorbed
  • Reduce heat to medium
  • Slowly pour milk – whisking vigorously
  • Continue whisking – sauce will thicken
  • Reduce heat to low
  • Add salt, pepper & nutmeg – keep warm

Pasta

  • Bring 1/2 large pot water to boil
  • Handful salt to water
  • Add macaroni noodles – boil 8-9 minutes
  • Drain – NOT rinse

Mac & Cheese

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  • Pour cooked pasta into large bowl
  • Pour Bechamel Sauce over – mix well
  • Add White Cheddar & Parmesan – mix well
  • Pour mixture into baking dish
  • Sprinkle with bread crumbs & Parmesan
  • Bake 35-40 minutes – till bubbly & crumbs are brown

Process sounds intense….but it’s so simple & definitely worth every creamy bite!

Ciao’

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