[cooking] Mac & Cheese

Basically this recipe with my own modifications.


* 3 slices bacon, diced
* 1 onion, diced
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 head of broccoli, cut into tiny florets
* 1/3 cup white wine

* 2 cups shredded Cabot Harpoon IPA Cheddar (one block)
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 2 cups milk (close to room temperature)

* 8 ounces macaroni pasta


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Place bacon in a large, deep pot. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Spoon bacon out onto a paper towel (catching most of the fat from the bottom of the pot)

3. In same pot, saute the diced onion, and minced garlic over medium heat. After a few minutes, deglaze the bottom of the pan with white wine, scraping up the dark bits. Wait until most of the wine has either boiled off or been absorbed by the onion. Take off heat and add bacon. Add raw broccoli, stir to combine.

4. While you're working on the bacon and onions, in a large pot with boiling salted water cook pasta until al dente. Drain. Add to onions, bacon, broccoli, stir to combine.

5. To make the sauce, in a medium saucepan melt the butter or over low heat. Once melted, add the flour and stir constantly for 2 minutes. Gradually add milk (1/4 cup at a time) and continue stirring until thickened. Stir in 2 cups (1/2 cup at a time) of the grated Cheddar cheese and stir until melted.

6. Pour cheese sauce over pasta and vegetables, mix, add salt and pepper. Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish.

7. Cover with aluminum, bake 20 minutes. Serve warm.


My addition of white wine and the use of the Cabot Harpoon IPA cheddar makes this taste more like a mature mac & cheese. Lots of pots end up dirty but it's not too bad if you clean as-you-go. I don't have a dishwasher and I would happily go through all the dirty dishes again- this was awesome.


Kelly said...

Sounds yummy!

Anonymous said...

I vote we do a potluck... and you make this... but without the bacon... :-)

Shelby said...

dude, anything with bacon AND 2 cups of cheddar cheese has GOT to be the best thing ever...

Laura said...

mmm...mac and cheese...I love mac and cheese.

I'll have to try your recipe!

Bill Simmon said...

Now that you've had "grown up" mac-n-cheese, try this recipe for a more juvenile experience. mmm...

amy said...

Bill, I'll see if I can halve or quarter your recipe just for me. The problem w/Mac & Cheese is that Dollar doesn't really like cheese (I know). I packed him some of this mac & cheese for lunch at work and he never ate it.

I like the idea of panko flakes on top.