Chic Mac and Cheese

recipe
Blue cheese rules in this pasta classic. Serve it alongside a grilled steak.

Yield:

12 servings

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 35 Minutes
Cook: 1 Hour, 5 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 45 Minutes

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 large yellow bell pepper, chopped
4 celery ribs, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups whipping cream
2 cups half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 pound blue cheese, crumbled (we tested with Maytag)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh celery leaves
1 pound uncooked penne pasta
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers and celery; sauté 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Sprinkle with salt. Set vegetables aside.

Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add flour, whisking until smooth; cook 1 minute. Gradually add whipping cream and half-and-half; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Whisk in celery seeds and white pepper. Remove from heat; add blue cheese, whisking until cheese melts.

Whisk eggs in a medium bowl until lightly beaten. Gradually whisk about one-fourth of hot white sauce into eggs, whisking constantly; add to remaining white sauce, stirring constantly. Whisk in celery leaves.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pan. Stir in vegetables and white sauce. Pour into a lightly greased 13" x 9" baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Note:

Christmas With Southern Living 2006

June 2006
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