Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe Date:
November 6, 2016
Cook Time:
00:00:00
Difficulty:
Easy
Measurements:
Imperial (US)
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Macaroni noodles
  • 1 1/2 lbs Assorted mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 Shallot, large & chopped
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsps Olive oil
  • 4 tbsps Butter, plus 3 T more for sautéing
  • 4 tbsps Flour
  • 4 cups Whole milk, warmed
  • 2 cups Smoked mozzarella shredded
  • 2 cups Italian fontina shredded
  • 1 cup Parmigiano grated
  • 1 1/2 cups Shelled blanched fresh peas
  • 6 Slices crisp bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups Breadcrumbs toasted and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup Grated parmigiano
  • 2 tsps Thyme chopped
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup Olive oil or butter
  • Pinch salt and pepper
Directions

Servings: 6 - 8

Cook Pasta and set aside. Pre-heat the oven 400 degrees.

Gather your ingredients and have in bowls ready to go before you begin cooking. Heat 3 T butter and 3 T olive oil on medium heat, add shallot and garlic and pinch of salt and saute’ for 5 min. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add mushrooms; stir well to incorporate the shallot/garlic so as not to burn. Stir constantly until juices are released from the mushrooms about 5-8 minutes more so they are slightly soft.

Put mushrooms in a bowl and set aside. In the same pan melt 4 T butter and add 4 T flour on medium heat stirring and making a rouge - cook for about 3-5 min. slowly add warmed milk whisking until all is incorporated, stir well, then slowly add the 3 cheeses stirring and mixing until you have a nice cheese sauce. Turn heat off, add freshly ground nutmeg. In a large baking dish approximately 9x12 deep incorporate pasta and cheese sauce, add bacon bits and peas and stir until well mixed.

Now sprinkle breadcrumb topping over top of pasta evenly. Bake at 400 in the middle of oven for approximately 20 min, and then broil for another 3-5 minutes to crisp up topping. Serve immediately.

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