Friday, January 29, 2010

Heavenly Macaroni and Cheese

I've been working hard at making new habits for a healthier lifestyle but I've got to say, sometimes a girl just needs to splurge a little. Okay, maybe this was a big slurge. But it certainly did cure those cheesy cravings! The blend of cheeses used along with the seasoning gave this a much more complex flavor than your ordinary mac and cheese. Feel free to make a double recipe. I made a small batch to limit temptation!

Heavenly Macaroni and Cheese
1/2 pound elbow macaroni (or your favorite pasta)
3 tbsp butter
1 small onion - diced
3 tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 pound fontina cheese - cut in small cubes
1/2 pound white cheddar - grated
3 ounces parmesean - grated
1 1/2 cup of milk
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp salt
1 1/2 tsp whorsteshire sauce
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 slices of whole wheat bread
1 tsp olive oil

Toast the bread and leave the slices set in the toaster to dry out.

Heat a saucepan on medium and melt the butter. Once the butter is melted saute the onions until they are translucent. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk. Add in the stock, cream, salt, whorsteshire sauce, dry mustard, white pepper and black pepper. Once the milk mixture is heated through slowly add the cheese, stirring occassionly, reserving about 2/3 cup for the top.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cook the macaroni according to package directions cutting the cooking time by 2 minutes to ensure a firm pasta once the dish has been baked. Be sure to salt the water. Drain the pasta.

Add the pasta to the cheese sauce and fold the cheese sauce through the pasta. Pour into a small baking dish.

In a food processor, pulse the toast slices to a coarse crumb. Add the crumbs to a bowl, drizzle with a tsp of olive oil, and mix in the reserved cheese.

Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the pasta.

Cook until bubbly, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes to allow to cool for a little bit.

1 comment:

  1. A lovely comfort food....cheesy and creamy. I'd love to try this.