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  • Beans Worlds Best Mac & Cheese

    Bean Posted May 16, 2006 04:50 AM
    This has been on my "to make" list for a few years - LOL

    I think I'll try it next week. It does look yummy.

    WORLD'S BEST MACARONI AND CHEESE

    12 oz. elbow macaroni
    2 T. butter
    2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
    2 T. all-purpose flour
    3/4 T. dry mustard
    1 bay leaf
    1 sprig fresh thyme
    1/2 C. milk
    2 C. half-and-half
    3/4 T. Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce
    2 C. grated French Gruyere cheese
    1 C. grated Swiss Fontina cheese
    1/2 C. grated Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    Crispy Topping (recipe follows)
    2 T. butter, room temperature, for greasing dish

    Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain and let cool.

    To make sauce: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté 20 seconds. Add flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, 1 to 2 minutes; do not brown. Add mustard, bay leaf and thyme and whisk in milk and half-and-half. Bring up to a boil while whisking, add Worcestershire and hot pepper sauce and simmer slowly about 20 minutes. Strain through a medium strainer, add the cheeses and mix until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Prepare crispy topping.

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

    Butter a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Mix macaroni with sauce. Place in baking dish and top with crispy topping. Bake in preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes until golden and bubbly. Serve immediately.

    Makes 4 servings.

    Crispy Topping:

    1 1/2 C. coarse bread crumbs
    1/4 C. (1/2 stick) melted butter
    1/2 C. chopped parsley
    Salt and pepper to taste

    In skillet, sauté bread crumbs lightly in melted butter until lightly browned. Add parsley and season with salt and pepper.

    NOTE: This can be prepared ahead of time.
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