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Mac & Cheese

This is a special mixture of cheese combinations and infused flavors melting together to create a creamy and deep mac & cheese. I love making this as a comfort meal in the winter or those chilly Fall nights.

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  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled & roughly chopped
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tablespoon whole pink peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 2-inch piece of ginger, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon wasabi powder
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1-1/2 cups Speziato al Tartufo cheese, shredded
  • 1-1/2 cheddar, aged 4 years & shredded
  • 3/4 cup Tavoliere cheese, (Italian table cheese) - shredded
  • 3/4 Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups pasta shells

Cheese Sauce Base

In a medium saucepan add heavy cream, buttermilk, onion, cloves, garlic, thyme, peppercorns, bay leaf, ginger, cumin, wasabi powder, and pinch of salt & pepper. Cook on medium-high for 2 minutes, until mixture begins to boil, then turn down to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350o

Cook Pasta

Boil water to cook the pasta until al dente, approximately 5 minutes. Drain pasta then set aside in a large bowl.

Roux

Make a roux in a large saucepan by melting 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk for 3-4 minutes until thickened. Strain cream mixture into roux. Cook on medium stirring until thickened. Remove cream mixture from heat then add all but 1 cup of cheeses. Stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.

Assemble & Bake

Pour cheese sauce over pasta and stir to combine. Pour entire mixture into a baking or casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top. Melt 2 tablespoons butter then mix with breadcrumbs and Old Bay Seasoning. Top pasta with breadcrumb mixture. Sprinkle wheat germ over breadcrumbs. Bake for 25 minutes.

4 30 minutes 1 hour 15 minutes

Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese

This is a special mixture of cheese combinations and infused flavors melting together to create a creamy and deep mac & cheese. I love making this as a comfort meal in the winter or those chilly Fall nights.

Preparation

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

1 hour 15 minutes

Serves

Calories

5940

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled & roughly chopped
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tablespoon whole pink peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 2-inch piece of ginger, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon wasabi powder
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1-1/2 cups Speziato al Tartufo cheese, shredded
  • 1-1/2 cheddar, aged 4 years & shredded
  • 3/4 cup Tavoliere cheese, (Italian table cheese) - shredded
  • 3/4 Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups pasta shells
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Cheese Sauce Base

In a medium saucepan add heavy cream, buttermilk, onion, cloves, garlic, thyme, peppercorns, bay leaf, ginger, cumin, wasabi powder, and pinch of salt & pepper. Cook on medium-high for 2 minutes, until mixture begins to boil, then turn down to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350o

Cook Pasta

Boil water to cook the pasta until al dente, approximately 5 minutes. Drain pasta then set aside in a large bowl.

Roux

Make a roux in a large saucepan by melting 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk for 3-4 minutes until thickened. Strain cream mixture into roux. Cook on medium stirring until thickened. Remove cream mixture from heat then add all but 1 cup of cheeses. Stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.

Assemble & Bake

Pour cheese sauce over pasta and stir to combine. Pour entire mixture into a baking or casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top. Melt 2 tablespoons butter then mix with breadcrumbs and Old Bay Seasoning. Top pasta with breadcrumb mixture. Sprinkle wheat germ over breadcrumbs. Bake for 25 minutes.

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