19 May 2009

The Last Hurrah!!!!Classic macaroni and Cheese

Classic Macaroni and Cheese
Yesterday was a little cooler and so I felt I was in need of some serious comfort food. Who wouldn't be after fighting with the computer all morning as well burning CD's and downloading Office Suite 2007.

There is absolutely nothing that speaks volumes for comfort like macaroni and cheese in my books. This is one of the very few dishes my mom allowed me to cook as a child at her elbow so the mere mention brings back so many fond memories.

I opted for using elbow shaped "gomitti" pasta whose ridges and tubes collected all the creamy cheese sauce in their cavities. I had a huge slab of Washington aged Cheddar taking up room in the fridge crying for attention so something needed to be done!!! I googled Ina's classic recipe and the rest is history!!

**Classic Macaroni and Cheese**
based on a recipe by Ina Garten

Kosher salt
Vegetable oil
1 pound elbow macaroni or cavatappi
1 quart (4 cups) milk
8 tablespoons (1 stick/1/4 cup) unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
12 ounces Gruyere, grated (4 cups)
8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 pound fresh tomatoes (4 small)
1- 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.

Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don't boil it. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4-quart) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a 3-quart baking dish.Slice the tomatoes and arrange on top. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.

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  1. We all need our comfort foods now and then, and macaroni and cheese is a great choice :-)

    Looking forward to the cookbook :-)

  2. Mac and cheese and raising funds for feeding children, sounds like a winning combination.

  3. I have never made macaroni and cheese with gruyere! I must try that... it looks amazing!

  4. hi I'm an MBA student at UC Irvine. I am working on a project to help the WFP also! We've partnered with Amazon to sell cookbooks and cooking items - all proceeds fight hunger. Here's our story. http://tiny.cc/ixOHz

    I was wondering if we could link to your blog and also sell your book on our site. Thanks!

  5. I love mac and cheese and with gruyere must be stunning

  6. I love mac and cheese. I always make it with bacon and onion. Next time I am going to try adding some tomato too. Yum!

  7. I love comfort food and macoroni cheese! Your dish look lovely!



  8. I'm jealous of your cold weather and macaroni and cheese - it's been scathingly hot here lately!

  9. Ina never failed me. I've never or eaten macaroni & cheese. Things will change because of this recipe. I'll have to give it a try. I love that you are using a different pasta. Great dish Val. :)

  10. I LOVE mac and cheese!!! I always add bacon and scallions to mine... Sometimes roasted red pepper too... Mmmm.... great comfort food choice!

  11. This mac & chz looks so comforting! I promise you I am halfway done with my answers...I'm finding it hard to find the words about myself.

  12. Your mac and cheese sounds great. I like the addition of tomato. Gives it a summery twist!

  13. Classic is always the classiest way to go.

  14. This looks delicious! Gruyere has such a wonderful, nutty flavor.

  15. Ina Carten....mac-n-cheese, there is nothing classic about her! This version is rich and creamy not like the one we were served in school hostel!!!!Can't wait to see the new book!!!

  16. mac & cheese has to be the ultimate comfort food. is there anyone who doesn't crave it from time to time? if so, i'd like to meet 'em and give 'em a whack on the back--they're crazy! nicely done, val. classic indeed.

  17. ummm that is making me long for the mac and cheese . . . the rest is history ;o)
    might have to turn the ac down here.

  18. Ahhh! I needed a bowl of that after the day I had on Monday stuck on the computer all day trying to remove some really bad malicious software that attacked us!!

    Thanks for the recipe.

  19. Wonder why i couldn't access your blog for a week or so...it's back & so am I. Have missed a lot. This is a great post...& comforting one too...YUM macaroni!

  20. I love macaroni and cheese and am always looking to try different recipes. This one is a must try!!


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