Mac ‘N cheese seems to always be a favorite, not only for children but for adults too. I find the feeling of eating mac n cheese to that of sloppy joes for dinner, satisfyingly childish in a way. First of all, I have found a universal truth in the fact that making something from scratch always is more satisfying, even if the end product doesn’t turn out “up to par.” Yes, I along with millions of others finds the cheesy goodness of Kraft or Annies or whichever boxed mac n cheese you prefer to be the perfect meal that always hits the right spot on the craving meter.
And then there is the internal dilemma of being an adult but still wanting that cheesy craving to be met but not wanting to give in to Kraft or Annie’s. This recipe that I made was a first for me, I have ordered “adult mac ‘n cheese” at restaurants and the key, I have found, is to pick an “adult” cheese. I got the idea to make this after I went out to dinner with my sister and mom one night that I was back in town where my sister ordered mac ‘n cheese that was made with blue cheese…weird I know. Great if you love strong cheeses like blue cheese, a little too much if you don’t. As you may be able to tell from a previous entry, I had some white cheddar gruyere cheese laying around and decided to make a simple cheese sauce to pour over pasta and then bake it all with paremesan bread crumb topping…get ready to transport to the happy medium between child loving cheesy goodness to grown up pleasure.
White Cheddar Gruyere Mac ‘N Cheese Baked with Parmesan
Ingredients: 1/2 package of pasta of your choice (I chose a fusilli), 3tbl unsalted butter, 1/4 c flour, 3 cups milk, 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice, salt and pepper, 3/4 cup plain bread crumbs, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese.
1. Put water on stove to boil and cook pasta according to instructions
2. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. When the butter is melted slowly add the flour while whisking to make a light brown roux. Slowly add the milk while stirring to encorporate the milk into the roux. Simmer on low until heated through.
3. Slowly add the grated cheese a little at a time until melted and mixture is thicker. Season with salt and pepper to taste (or other seasonings of your choice, I often times add a pinch of paprika for heat)
4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once the pasta is cooked through drain it and place in a baking dish, cover with cheese sauce.
5. In a separate bowl mix together the bread crumbs and the parmesan cheese. Evenly coat the top of the Mac n cheese with the bread crumb mixture. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the bread crumbs begin to brown. Enjoy!