Thursday, May 31, 2012

Neopolitan Macaroni and Cheese

Most of us never tire of a good, homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese - our all American comfort food.  A lot of recipes you might have eaten would have some form of a roux, cooked flour and milk.  When I saw this recipe - this step was completely omitted.  The traditional cheddar is here, along with some great Italian Cheeses. 


Ingredients

3 cup grated fontina (or cheese of your choice)
5 cups grated cheddar
4 cups milk
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 piece day old Italian bread
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 pound Pipette Macaroni

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for pasta.  In a large pot, combine fontina and cheddar.  Pour milk over.  Let cheese sit in the milk for 30 minutes to an hour, until the cheese begins to break down and dissolve into the milk.


Grate bread on the coarse holes of a box grater to get about 1-1/2 cups coarse crumbs (you could also use Panko breadcrumbs).  In a small skillet over medium heat, melt butter.  Add breadcrumbs.  Stir and toss the crumbs until crisp and toasted.  Butter a large baking dish and coat the bottom with a thin layer of bread crumbs.  Stir 1 cup of the grated Parmigiano into remaining crumbs.

Whisk over medium heat the milk and cheese until cheese melts.  Stir in remaining 1 cup grated Parmigiano.  Meanwhile, add macaroni to boiling water.  Cook until very al dente (3 or 4 minutes shy of package cooking time) and drain.  Return pasta to pot.  Add cheese sauce and stir until all of the pasta is coated with the sauce.  Add pasta into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the bread crumbs.  Bake until browned and bubbly about 20-30 minutes.

I like to add tomatoes to my mac and cheese.  You can add fresh or canned Italian tomatoes chopped.  My son likes it without tomatoes so I usually wind up putting them in half of the baking dish.

~Adapted from Lidia's Italy

8 comments:

  1. Great recipe! Thank you for sharing. I love mac and cheese, so I can't wait to try this recipe. I really like the idea of spreading breadcrumbs in the baking dish before adding the mac and cheese and not having to make a roux for the cheese sauce.

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  2. Mmmmm....mac & cheese. So comforting. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  3. Gotta love mac and cheese! Sounds like a fun new different recipe to try, I've always used flour and milk:@)

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  4. A roux is no big deal, but it is nice to find a M n C recipe which doesn't require one!  

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  5. Stopping by from Cooking With Libby ;) Thank you for stopping by my page! This dish looks super yummy! I am ALWAYS up for a homemade mac and cheese recipe :)

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  6. Ok. This looks and sounds incredible! I die for homemade Mac & cheese!

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  8. WOW I have never tried to make it without a roux. Gotta give this a try!! Thanks for sharing it on Manic Monday!

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