Sunday, February 1, 2015

Creamy Smoked Mac 'n' Cheese


5 tablespoons of butter
3 garlic cloves
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 pound spiral pasta
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 pound smoked cheddar or gouda cheese, grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a skillet over low heat. Add the garlic and cook until it becomes fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the panko and toast until golden brown. Pour the breadcrumb mixture into a bowl, add the parmesan and parsley, and stir to combine.

2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta al dente.

3. Meanwhile, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk until it starts to foam, about 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk, heavy cream, and garlic powder, whisking constantly. Keep whisking until the sauce thickens, taking care not to let it boil. Add the cheese in small batches, whisking after each until the cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Drain the cooked pasta. Toss the pasta and cheese sauce together and stir to mix well. Serve in bowls and top with toasted breadcrumbs.


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