|Italian Macaroni and Cheese|
The nights have started to get a little chilly in the Adirondack Mountains so I was inspired to make something a little more hardy than I have been making lately. Thanks to this wonderful food party I have many recipes to choose from. This dish was inspired by Becca's of Amuse your Bouche's Garlic Mushroom Macaroni and Cheese. I changed the cheese to mozzarella and made more of a béchamel sauce with white wine. Both versions are truly enjoyable.
Italian Macaroni and Cheese
by Diane Balch
Preparation time: 20 minutes Serves: 6 - 8
1 pound of Penne pasta (Schar's if you are gluten-free)
4 tablespoons of butter
1 onion minced
4 cloves of garlic minced
10 ounces of Cremini mushrooms chopped
2 tablespoons of regular or gluten-free flour
1/2 cup of dry white wine
1/2 cup of whole milk
16 ounces of shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup of Parmesan/Romano mix or just Parmesan grated
a dash of nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large sauce pan of water to a boil with 2 tablespoons of salt in it for the pasta.
2) On medium-high heat melt half of the butter in a large skillet. Saute the onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Do not salt the mushrooms until they brown. Don't brown the garlic it will become bitter.
3) Remove the vegetables from the skillet and add the rest of the butter. Once the butter begins to brown slowly whisk in the flour and cook it until it begins to brown.
4) Turn the heat up to high and add the wine. Scrap the pan with a spatula while the wine reduces. Once this fond becomes syrupy add the milk and reduce the heat to medium. Whisk the milk until it incorporates with the fond.
5) When the water comes to a boil cook the pasta. While the pasta is cooking slowly whisk the cheese into the sauce. Once it is melted and mixed well add the nutmeg and vegetables. When the pasta is cooked mix that in too. Add salt and pepper.
6) Scoop pasta mixture into a large baking dish and sprinkle the top with a little Parmesan/Romano. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top starts to brown. Let the dish cool for 10 minutes before you serve it with a green salad.
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Because of my vacation I am a little behind in features. The stand out recipes from August 24th's party are:
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From: Dishing with Leslie
This is one of those dishes that reminds me that vegetarian cooking can be both simple and gourmet.
Foodie Friday Features from Last Week's Party:
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From: Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Got Peaches? Get this sorbet... you don't need an ice cream maker, fantastic with a little ginger.
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