1.29.2009

Martha Stewart's Macaroni & Cheese


Martha has really outdone herself with this recipe. I was too busy eating to take a picture of the finished product, so here is a photo I found online. I put in my own 2 cents in bold. Enjoy!

You can easily divide this recipe in half: Use a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.
Ingredients

* 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for dish
* 6 slices good white bread, crusts removed, torn into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces
* 5 1/2 cups milk
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
* 4 1/2 cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese (about 18 ounces)
* 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese (about 8 ounces) or 1 1/4 cups grated Pecorino Romano cheese (about 5 ounces) – (We’ve only used Pecorino Romano – though I love Gruyere. You'll find it in the gourmet cheese section.)
* 1 pound elbow macaroni (we’ve used the really big macaroni & the bigger seashell shapes. Pick whatever shape you want - be sure it's something that will trap the sauce)

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish (9x13); set aside. Place bread in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter (I just microwave the butter to melt it. Let’s save some time, people!). Pour butter into bowl with bread, and toss. Set breadcrumbs aside.
2. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, heat milk. Melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat. When butter bubbles, add flour. Cook, whisking, 1 minute.
3. While whisking, slowly pour in hot milk. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick.
4. Remove pan from heat. Stir in salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, 3 cups cheddar cheese, and 1 1/2 cups Gruyere or 1 cup Pecorino Romano; set cheese sauce aside.
5. Fill a large saucepan with water; bring to a boil. Add macaroni; cook 2 to 3 minutes less than manufacturer's directions, until the outside of pasta is cooked and the inside is underdone. (Different brands of macaroni cook at different rates; be sure to read the instructions.) Transfer macaroni to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and drain well. Stir macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce
6. Pour mixture into prepared dish. Sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup Gruyere or 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano, and breadcrumbs over top. Bake until browned on top, about 30 minutes. Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool 5 minutes; serve hot.

2 comments:

Dani said...

This sounds sooo yummy. I love homemade mac and cheese.

Priscilla said...

oooh gosh this looks yummmmmmmmmy