Today is a little chilly and I thought what's better to have on a chilly Sunday after noon? Mac and cheese! This is a very easy recipe and very adult with three types of cheeses (cheddar, Gruyere and cream cheese) and garlic and onions.
21st Century Mac & Cheese
Serves 4 and doubles easily.
1/2 pound (2 cups ) raw penne pasta, slightly under cooked and drained (I used curly tube pasta)
1 large egg
1 cup milk
1 small clove garlic
3/4 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 generous cup (5 ounces) shredded good quality, extra-sharp cheddar cheese
5 ounces cream cheese, crumbled
2/3 cup (3 ounces) shredded Gruyere cheese
Generous 1/8 teaspoon each hot red pepper flakes, salt, and freshly ground black pepper
Generous 1/4 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 350. Butter a shallow 1 1/2 quart baking dish, and add cooked macaroni.
In a blender or food processor combine egg, milk, and garlic, and process 3 seconds. Add onion, cheeses, peppers, salt, and paprika, and blend 10 seconds. Turn into dish, folding into macaroni. Casserole could be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated up to 24 hours at this point.
Wow, this was satisfying and very rich. This definately beats anything that comes out of a box and would be a very good side for any occasion!