Sunday, July 12, 2009

Giada's Mac and Cheese - Everyday Italian



Ingredients

  • Butter, for greasing dish
  • 12 ounces wide egg noodles
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for pasta water
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (packed) grated Fontina
  • 3/4 cup (packed) finely grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 cup (packed) grated mozzarella
  • 4 ounces cooked ham, diced, optional
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Butter a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Cook the noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Drain well, but do not rinse.

Whisk the cream, milk, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper in large bowl to blend. Stir in 1 cup Fontina, 1/2 cup Parmesan, 1/2 cup mozzarella, ham, if using, and parsley. Add the noodles and toss to coat. Transfer the noodle mixture to the prepared baking dish. Toss the remaining 1 cup Fontina, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and 1/4 cup mozzarella in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the noodle mixture. Bake until the sauce bubbles and the cheese melts and begins to brown on top, about 20 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.



3 Comments:

javy said...

baby, this looks so freaking yummy!!!!!!! i wish i wasnt doing south beach right now so i could have some too, but oh well, once im down to my goal weight, this might be one of the first recipes ill try :)

Ajura said...

hahaha

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe Derek. I had it, but lost it and can no longer find it on foodnetwork.com...but you 'saved' me tonight! My kids were 'screaming' for "That Mac & Cheese" - as they like to call it! In addition to the recipe, I like to add 1 c. panko bread crumbs combined with 3 T of melted butter over the top, after the cheese. Gives it a nice crunch!