Let me start out by saying Happy New Year everyone! Hope all of you had a great holiday spent with family and friends! My holiday was crazy busy and pretty much lasted the entire month of December, whether it was going to a party, hosting a party, school Christmas concerts, hockey parties…the works! Once it was all over, I decided to take a look at my fridge, because it was still overflowing with leftovers. The one thing I noticed when I looked inside, is that I had a ton of cheese! “Lightbulb”, time to make homemade mac & cheese! Thanks to my girl Karra and her New Years Eve cheese board, I had plenty of cheese to help me create this fabulous recipe. I’ve made homemade mac & cheese before, but never with champagne white cheddar, aged cheddar, swiss cheese, and some I didn’t even know the names of (haha)! I basically tasted all of the different cheeses and then decided what I thought would work best. It really turned out just divine! I will warn you though, mac & cheese prepared like this is extremely rich and sinfully delicious!
Here is what you’ll need:
- 1lb of pasta
- 6 cups of grated cheese (feel free to use any type of cheese you enjoy, I used a mixture of all of my leftover couture cheese)
- 8 TBS of butter (divided)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup bread crumbs
Start of by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Grate your cheese (any kind of Cheddar, Swiss, Gruyère etc.) and set aside. Boil water and cook the pasta while preparing the sauce.
Next, heat the four cups of milk in saucepan over low heat. Do not let the milk boil!
While the milk is heating, melt 6 TBS of the butter in large pan. Now we’re making the roux. (a mixture of flour and fat, used to thicken sauces).
Once the butter has melted, slowly whisk in with a wire whisk, the 1/2 cup of flour on low for about 2 minutes.
After 2 minutes, slowly whisk in heated milk and keep stirring for 2-5 minutes until sauce starts to thicken.
Once sauce has thickened, take off the heat and add grated cheese, 1 TBS of salt and 1 TBS of pepper. Stir until smooth.
Drain and add the cooked pasta. Stir until pasta is coated with the cheese and then pour into baking dish.
Mix the last 2 TBS of melted butter with 1 cup of the bread crumbs and sprinkle on top.
Bake for 30-35 minute until cheese is bubbling!
I know this a terrible time to be posting a calorie filled recipe. We are all trying to eat clean and healthy, but there is nothing wrong with having a little taste of heaven! I actually decided to spread the love and gave some away to my friends! So there I was yesterday, in the school parking lot, handing out containers of mac & cheese! Of course, the first person I gave it to was Karra, the cheese board contributor! Thanks again Karrra, hope you enjoyed Pearls Fancy Mac & Cheese:)