Thursday, May 3, 2012

Adult Mac-N-Cheese :-)

This recipe is based off of one of the first recipes I made from PW’s new cookbook; it was so good to have her back in our kitchen :-)  We love PW’s recipes because they’re easy, have simple ingredients, and taste heavenly!

The mac and cheese recipe in PW’s new cookbook is called “Fancy Mac and Cheese”, I put a few twists on her recipe and my version is called Adult Mac-n-Cheese.  The flavors might be a little too robust for the typical mac-n-cheese eaters; the kiddos might not like it, but the adults definitely will!
Drizzle 16oz of quartered white button mushrooms with EVOO, salt, & pepper and cook at 425 degrees for 20 minutes on a cookie sheet.  Then set aside.
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Cook 16oz of bacon and set aside (if you can resist it).  Then sauté 1 thinly sliced yellow onion in a 1 tbs of butter for 8-10 minutes, and then set aside.DSC_0478
Cook 1.5 lbs of elbow noodles al dente.DSC_0479
To make the sauce, melt 4 tbs of butter over medium heat.  Sprinkle in 1/4 cup all purpose flour and whisk.  Slowly pour in 2 cups of milk (I use 2%), and stir constantly for 3-5 minutes until the sauce is thick.  Stir in 1/2 cup of half and half, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Beat 2 eggs in a bowl and add 1/2 cup of the hot white sauce to the bowl to temper the eggs.  Once incorporated, add the egg mixture to the white sauce.DSC_0481
Add in 1-1/2 cups of grated parmesan, 1/2 cup grated Gruyere, and 1/2 cup grated fontina.  (The PW also added 4 oz of crumbled goat cheese but I omitted this; I felt there was enough artery clogging cheese already).  Stir until all cheese is melted, then add in the cooked elbow noodles.  If the sauce is too thick add in more half and half.DSC_0482
Preheat the oven to 350 & butter a 9 x 13 dish.  Now you’re going to assemble the mac-n-cheese like lasagna.  The first layer in the pan will be 1/2 of the onions.  DSC_0483Top the onions with 1/2 of the elbow noodles in the white sauce, all of the mushrooms, & 2 oz of crumbled gorgonzola OR blue cheese.  Then top with half of the bacon, crumbled.  DSC_0484Then repeat with everything but the mushrooms, ending with bacon as the last layer.DSC_0486
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until bubbly.DSC_0488DSC_0489
I served this with some pork chops.  Phil said that if I wanted him to live past 28 not to make this too often, but it is very good.  I have to agree with him.  This mac-n-cheese is very rich and savory. We really liked it, but it is very filling, and terrible for you. lol
According to PW “This is the stuff that dreams- and love handles- are made of.”
I think she’s right! But enjoy some adult mac-n-cheese some time anyways :-)
xoxo Darby

14 comments :

Lindsay said...

Yummy! This looks amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe!

Jess said...

My boy would love this. Thanks for sharing.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Oh my goodness that looks so good!!

Erin Reissig said...

Brave, brave woman. My picky eater of a hubs would never go for it... I dream of the day he'll eat something other than meat and potatoes.

Simply Kelly Blog said...

That looks so yummy!

Melissa said...

Looks yummy!

xoxo,
Melissa

Alexa said...

Oh God that looks absolutely amazing!

Kellyn Fleming said...

Yummy, yummy, yummy! This looks delicious!

Sarah said...

Hi, please come to my house and make this. It looks out of this world!!

sherri lynn said...

Oh my goodness this looks ridiculously good!!! I am obsessed with trying new versions of mac and cheese - and I love the addition of bacon to this one!

Six Sisters said...

This looks so good. All of our favorite ingredients. Puts Kraft Mac n cheese to shame. :) We're so glad you joined us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Thanks and come back soon!! -The Sisters

Kaitlin Saenz said...

Wow Darby! That looks like it is to die for! Thanks so much for linking it up with my party! Hope to see you this Wednesday for more:)

Kaitlin-The Not So SImple Housewife

Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family said...

This looks amazing! I would have to only put mushrooms on one side though because of my husband, but I'd love the whole thing! Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

Lindsey Peters said...

Holy Crap! This sounds incredible!!!! I love that you love PW -- I have loved everything from her cook books!

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