Growing up on a small island – far far away from so many things that I take for granted today – I never had the pleasure of tasting macaroni and cheese. For me it was just TV food – something magical that everybody ate on TV. OK – now I´m just wining but the matter of fact is that I grew up thinking that food was just food. It wasn´t until I met my husband that I realised that food was actually something amazing – something to look forward to enjoying. (I just read what I wrote and jeez I´m winging) But never the less… So my first mac and cheese was from the package – just regular Kraft and I thought it was delicious. It became my guilty food for a while when Volli was busy at the restaurant and it was just me and Reggie (my dog) at home.
Then something amazing happened. One day Volli decided to cook REAL mac and cheese as he called it and ohh my… it was gooood. So without further adieu I present the simple and yummy recipe… hope you enjoy as much as I did (and do).
Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 lb penne or rigatone pasta
- 2 tbs butter
- 1 medium sized yellow onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 thyme sprigs
- ¼ cup white wine
- 4½ cups cheese
- 2 tbs flour
- 3 ½ cup milk
- 2 tbs dijon mustard
- 2 tbs coarse dry bread crumbs
- Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water over high heat for 5-7 minutes or until not quite cooked through. Drain, rinse under cold running water, and drain again.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and thyme and sautee for 3-4 minutes or until onions are soft. Add wine and remove and discard garlic and thyme. Whisk in flour, mustard and milk and whisk together. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes or until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and add 3 cups of cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Pour sauce over pasta in a baking dish and mix thoroughly. Scatter remaingin cheese on top and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake until crust is golden or for about 25 minutes.
Preparation time: 10 min.
Cooking time: 45 min.
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