Macaroni and Cheese

Mac ‘n cheese. It’s the quintessential comfort food- sure to cure illness, the heaviest heartache or the run-of-the-mill bad day. On one of my darkest days, I received a heartfelt card from my dear friend Michelle with this recipe tucked inside. It’s a shame she’s over a thousand miles away. I miss her so, but she’s here in spirit enjoying this Bouvier mac ‘n cheese and vino with me.

Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh sourdough bread (pulverized into coarse crumbs)
  • 4 tbsp extra sharp cheddar, grated
  • 3 tbsp parmigiano-reggiano, grated
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Sauce
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 oz extra sharp yellow cheddar, grated
  • 5 oz extra sharp white cheddar, grated
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano, grated
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 lb trottole or cavatappi

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toast bread crumbs on a backing sheet for 5 minutes, tossing once midway through. Cool crumbs. With a fork, toss with cheeses, parsley and melted butter.
  3. Melt butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat and stir in flour. Cook roux for a few minutes and whisk in milk. Bring sauce to a boil, whisking constantly. Simmer for about 3 minutes.
  4. Whisk in cream, mustard, Worcestershire, cheese, salt and pepper until smooth. Remove from heat and use a fitted cover for the bain-marie or a piece of parchment paper to fit directly on the surface of the sauce.
  5. Butter 2- to 2.5- qt baking dish.
  6. Cook macaroni in a pasta pot of well-salted boiling water until al dente. Drain in a colander. Transfer to a bowl and stir in sauce. Spread macaroni mixture evenly in a baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle topping evenly over macaroni. Bake until golden and bubbling for 20-25 minutes.

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Bouvier Mac ‘N Cheese courtesy of Gourmet