Thursday, May 3, 2007

Grown Up Mac & Cheese

I told Matt I'd cook him anything he wanted for dinner on his birthday & he said the first thing that came to mind was homemade Mac & Cheese. The addition of gryere or blue cheese, carmelized onions and cherry tomatoes makes this a grown up version of the classic.

My Mac & Cheese

Grown Up Mac & Cheese

Serves 4

3/4 lb spiral macaroni
1 medium onion
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 gryere (if you are a fan of blue cheese this recipe is also fabulous with a good blue cheese like Maytag)
dry mustard
1 C sweet grape tomatoes

Cook pasta according to directions drain and set aside.

Heat a small skillet over low heat. Slice onion very thin. Add onion to skillet and saute slowly until brown and carmelized. Mix into pasta.

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 a pinch of dry mustard and salt and pepper to taste.

Butter a glass casserole dish. Add pasta, onions, cherry tomatoes and cheese sauce. Mix well until cheese sauce covers everything. Sprinkle panko over the top.

Cook in a 350 oven for 25 minutes.


Gala said...

YUMMY! That looks scrumptous! I'll have to try that, thanks!

Alexa said...

Yay, I made this for dinner tonight and it was so yummy! I never cook, so this was quite an accomplishment for me.

Giff said...

saw you mention this recipe over at Stacey Snacks. Yum!

Anonymous said...

Made it at Christmas and the bottom was quite tasty, but the top was very dry and crunchy. Should I have covered it? How can I fix it next time?

kat said...

Anonymous - We like the top to be crunchy, though we've never thought of it as dry. If you don't like that texture then go ahead and cover it, that should solve the problem.

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