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Mac& Cheese - Royal Cafe & Catering

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Mac and Cheese

Chef Armando Duarte, Royal Cafe & Catering

Ingredients

 

  • Kosher salt,pinch
  • 8 ounces, choice of pasta
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk, heated    
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.        
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

 

Prep

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente.

Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking, 2 minutes, then whisk in the milk.

Add the bay leaf, nutmeg and 1 teaspoon salt and simmer, whisking occasionally, until thick, 8 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf and stir in 2 cups cheddar.

Stir in the pasta and the reserved cooking water to make a loose sauce.

Butter a 2-quart baking dish; add the pasta mixture and top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar.

Bake 15 minutes.

Options:

Spinach-Artichoke: Make American Mac and Cheese, adding all of the reserved cooking water to make a loose sauce; stir in one 6-ounce jar chopped marinated artichoke hearts and 2 cups chopped baby spinach. Transfer to a buttered baking dish. Mix 2 tablespoons each panko, grated Parmesan and chopped parsley; sprinkle on top. Bake at 400 degrees F, 15 minutes.

 Bacon chorizo: Make Classic Baked Mac and Cheese, add 1/2 chopped chorizo and 8 slices crumbled cooked bacon. Top with the cheese and a mix of 1/2 cup panko and 1 teaspoon smoked paprika before baking.


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