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Macaroni and Cheese

Categories: Main Dishes, Snacks, Vegetarian/Vegan, Sides

Submitted by: Photography by Nathaniel Crawford - Terminatetor Kitchen

Mac and cheese is essentially noodles and a Mornay sauce (which is essentially a fancy term for a basic white sauce with cheese). A Mornay sauce is this equation = roux + cream + cheese. The beauty of this recipe is that it is completely adaptable! Experiment with different types of cheeses, seasonings, and even infused creams to add a deeper depth of flavor. 

Ingredients

  • 1 c. Gouda cheese
  • 1 c. cheddar cheese
  • 12 oz. macaroni pasta
  • 1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Cornstarch
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 c. half and half cream
  • 1/2 c. parmesan cheese
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)

Instructions

Fill a large Dutch oven halfway with lukewarm water.  Add a pinch of salt and heat over medium heat until the water begins to boil. Once the water begins boiling, add the pasta and cook via the instructions on the book. Strain pasta through a colander and return to the Dutch oven. 

In a medium sauce melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the corn starch. This mixture of corn starch and fat is called a roux. Allow the roux to cook for a few moments. Then slowly pour in the cream and whisk to combine. 

Note. In order to have the sauce thicken up more quickly, heat the cream in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, just to warm it up. Having the cream roughly the same temperature as the roux will help it thicken up faster. 

Whisk the cream occasionally until the sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Once the cream begins to thicken, lower the heat slightly and add the cheeses, whisking to combine. If the sauce seems too thick, add more cream. Stir continuously until the cheeses have melted into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Add the cheese sauce to the cooked pasta and toss to combine. Serve immediately. 

Optional step: If you want to bake the mac and cheese, make sure to undercook the pasta slightly. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Transfer the mac and cheese mixture to a greased baking dish. Top with bread crumbs, a drizzle of olive oil, and a light sprinkle of cheese if desired. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling.

Recipe and photography by Nathaniel Crawford - Terminatetor Kitchen