11.19.2008

baked three-cheese macaroni

serves 4
3 1/4 cup milk
5 tbsp unsalted butter
3 tbsp flour
parmesan cheese*
mozzarella cheese*
white cheddar*
macaroni pasta for 4 (I use celentani pasta)
salt
1/2 cup bread crumbs
*one can really use any three cheeses. all cheese is goooood.

there is something so beautiful about cheese.
make the sauce:
bring a large pot of water to a boil. in a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk until small bubbles begin to form around the edges of the pan. remove from heat. in a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. add the flour a little at a time, whisking to incorporate. raise the heat to medium-low and very gradually whisk in the hot milk. cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick and creamy, about 15 minutes. add the grated/chopped cheese. cook stirring frequently, until the cheeses are melted, about 2 minutes.

cook the pasta:

meanwhile add salt to the boiling water. cook, stirring occasionally--- undercook pasta by 2 minutes (all pasta has 'how many minutes it takes to cook' on the package). strain pasta. combine sauce and pasta. salt to taste.

bake pasta:
preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. pour into a buttered baking dish. sprinkle with 1/2 cup bread crumbs and bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes.

*
courtesy of williams-sonoma "food made fast: pasta"

1 comment:

The Proctor Group said...

I will have to try this. It looks yummy!