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Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Fontina Cheese

12 Apr

I think I have to vote for this one as the week’s favorite. I love comfort food and I love mac and cheese. I grew up on Kraft boxed mac and cheese. This is a bit more complicated, but a lot more tasty. If you are feeling a bit of a gourmet itch and have a bit more time in the kitchen for dinner prep, take a shot at this recipe. So worth it!

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Fontina Cheese
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes for Bechamel Sauce, 10 minutes for pasta and 30 minutes of baking

Ingredients:
1 pound macaroni pasta
4 TB butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1 ts thyme
2 cups shredded sharp cheese
2 cups shredded smoked fontina cheese
salt
black pepper
1 ts paprika

Bechamel Sauce:
4 TB unsalted butter
1 shallot, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 rib of celery, chopped
6 TB all purpose flour
4 cups milk
1 ts dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 ts salt
1/4 ts nutmeg
black pepper

Directions:
1. Make your bechamel sauce: Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Add shallot, carrot, and celery to pan and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk and bring it all to a boil. Add thyme and bay leaf. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes in order to thicken the sauce.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. When it starts to boil add your pasta. Cook according to the packaging.

3. While your pasta cooks heat a medium sauce pan and melt butter with garlic cloves. Add the bread crumbs and thyme and mix.

4. When pasta is cooked, drain and toss with cheeses. Fold in the bechamel sauce, salt, pepper and paprika.

5. Transfer macaroni mixture to a greased baking dish. Cover top with bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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Chicken Corn Mac and Cheese

15 Feb

Almost every time I ask my husband what I should make for dinner his response it, “Mac and Cheese.” I am trying to come up with some unique ways to enjoy mac and cheese. This week I have decided to add Chicken and Corn to the mix.

Chicken Corn Mac and Cheese

Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 cups macaroni noodles
1 onion, chopped
3 ribs of celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 TB flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup milk
2 chicken breasts, chopped to bite sized pieces
1 cup frozen corn
2 cups shredded cheese
thyme
cayenne pepper
3 TB green onions

Directions:
1. Start cooking your pasta according to directions.
2. While you pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet, add oil. When oil is hot add your chicken. Cook 10 minutes, then remove.
2. Bring your skillet back up to heat, add a little bit more olive oil. When oil is hot, add your onions. Cook 5 minutes, until browned. Add celery, red bell pepper and corn. Cook 5 minutes.
3 Add the flour and cook 1 minute. Add the stock, then the milk, then the spices. Stir until the milk bubbles, add the cooked chicken. Cook one more minute.
4. Transfer to large bowl. Stir in the cheese until it melts.
5. Toss the drained pasta with the cheese sauce and serve!

Bacon Mac and Cheese Bake

6 Feb

I have a feeling that this one is going to become one of my recipes to count on. Not only is it cheesy and warm, which makes it a comfort food in my book, it has a kick of onion and bacon to round it out to be a meal full of flavor.

Bacon Mac and Cheese Bake
Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

3 cups macaroni
2 TB butter
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 strips of bacon, chopped
1/4 cup flour
2 1/2 cups evaporated milk
1 ts ground cumin
2 cups shredded cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large casserole baking dish.
2. Cook macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and place in large bowl.
3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and brown for 2 minutes. Add bacon and garlic; cook and stir for 5 minutes.
4. Add flour, lower heat and cook 1 minute.
5. Remove your skillet from the heat and gradually add the milk. Stir until mixture is smooth.
6. Return skillet to heat and cook until the mixture thickens and just starts to boil.
7. Remove from heat and add cumin.
8. Add mixture to pasta bowl along with 2/3 of the shredded cheese. Stir and mix; pour into greased casserole baking dish.
9. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
10. Bake for 20 minutes.