Friday, May 2, 2008

Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese

This week we did little twist on my typical Mac & Cheese which I make with Gruyere, caramelized onions & tomatoes. This time we substituted the Gruyere with Smoked Gouda then added some really good Kendleson's Smoked Ham & frozen peas. The subtle smokiness of the cheese & ham really blended well together & the sweetness of the peas was a nice compliment.
Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese
I didn't have enough of any one pasta on hand so this was made with a mix of elbows & gemelli.

Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese

Serves 4

3/4 lb spiral macaroni (or macaroni of your choice)
1 Tbs butter
1/8 C flour
1 C milk
1/2 C heavy cream
1 1/2 C grated cheddar cheese
3/4 C grated smoked Gouda
1 t dry mustard
salt
pepper
1 thick slice of smoked deli ham, chopped
1 c frozen peas

Cook pasta according to directions. Place frozen peas into the bottom of a colander & drain past over them. The pasta water will thaw the peas.

In a small saucepan melt butter over med-low heat. Add flour an stir constantly for 1 minute. Do not allow to brown. Slowly whisk in milk and cream. Stir until hot and smooth and slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Turn heat to low and add cheese. Whisk until melted. Add dry mustard and salt and pepper to taste.

Butter a glass casserole dish. Add pasta, peas, ham and cheese sauce. Mix well until cheese sauce covers everything.

Cook in a 350 oven for 25 minutes or until top is brown & crispy (this is the best bit).

6 comments:

Deborah said...

This looks so delicious! It's been way too long since I last made homemade mac and cheese.

kat said...

Deborah - That is not good, get out that cheese grater & make some tonight!

Spirophita said...

Oh, dear. Looks so gouda!

Jen said...

Oh yum... it's sort of like a combo of mac and cheese and a carbonara with the peas and ham- it looks so good.

cmac said...

As an avid reader of your food and knitting blogs, I couldn't resist this recipe. I got the fixins for it and am making my first homemade mac and cheese dinner this week. Your recipes are awesome and your cupcakes always look amazing.

kat said...

cmac - I hope it comes out great! thanks for reading

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