Saturday, September 12, 2009

Comfort Food

There is nothing better than mac n cheese when it comes to comfort food.  This is a classic recipe.  I like to use many varieties of cheese, including bleu, and a hearty pasta shape such as rigatoni.  Our friends were recently traveling in Hungary and brought us the paprika used in this recipe-very nice!

Classic Macaroni and Cheese

  • 4 cups milk
  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni or penne
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  •  ½ teaspoon paprika
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • ¼ cup pasta water
  • 4 cups shredded cheese, any combination of mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar, or asiago
Heat milk.  In a large saucepan melt butter and add flour.  Cook over medium heat to lightly brown  roux.  Add hot milk to roux, whisk on medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until thickened.  Season with paprika, salt, and pepper.
Cook pasta in salted water until al dente.  Reserve ¼ cup cooking water.  Add pasta and ¼ cup cooking water to sauce.  Stir in cheese.  
Pour into 13" x 9" greased glass baking dish.  Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly hot.

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