Added crab sauteed in tabasco. Served with broccoli, tasted delicious!
Ultimate Mac 'n' Cheese
Why "ultimate" mac n' cheese? Because the sauce in this recipe is creamy, not grainy; it's flavored with shallots, gruyère, and white wine, like fondue; and it's topped with crunchy sourdough bread crumbs.
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- Calories: 586
- Calories from fat: 49%
- Protein: 21g
- Fat: 32g
- Saturated fat: 19g
- Carbohydrate: 44g
- Fiber: 1.6g
- Sodium: 739mg
- Cholesterol: 107mg
- 8 ounces cavatappi, macaroni, or other tube-shaped pasta
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for cooking pasta
- 3 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups dry white wine
- 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 7 ounces gruyère, grated
- 3 ounces aged gouda, grated (see Notes)
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. minced fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 4 ounces crusty sourdough bread (about 1/4 loaf), torn into large pieces
- 1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook pasta according to package directions in a large pot of boiling, well-salted water until tender to the bite, 7 to 12 minutes. Drain, but do not rinse.
- 2. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, melt 2 tbsp. butter. Add shallots and cook until light golden, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle shallot-butter mixture with flour; cook, stirring often, 1 minute. Add wine and stir, picking up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add cream and stir well. Sprinkle in cheeses, one large handful at a time, stirring until each handful is mostly melted before adding the next. Stir in 2 tbsp. chives, mustard, 1/4 tsp. salt, cayenne, and nutmeg. Stir cooked pasta into cheese mixture, then pour all into a 2-qt. baking dish.
- 3. In a food processor, pulse bread with remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. butter, 1 tsp. chives, and 1/4 tsp. salt until coarse bread crumbs form. Sprinkle bread crumbs over pasta and cheese and bake until top is browned and cheese is bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
You can substitute romano, goat gouda, or more gruyère for the aged gouda.
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