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7.9.12

Italian Macaroni and Cheese: Foodie Friday

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Macaroni and cheese
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 b├ęchamel sauce with white wine. Both versions are truly enjoyable.  


Italian Macaroni and Cheese

by Diane Balch

Preparation time: 20 minutes      Serves: 6 - 8

Ingredients:

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


Directions:

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.


Foodie Friday Features:

Hosted by
Home Maid Simple
and
Simple Living with Diane Balch

Because of my vacation I am a little behind in features. The stand out recipes from August 24th's party are:

From: MJ's Kitchen


Still have too many tomatoes? This is your recipe. Plus you can add a whole bunch of other fresh veggies into this healthy delicious soup.


From: Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby


Corn is still fresh and so available. With the nights starting to get a little cooler this soup is so satisfying.


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:


From: Ms enPlace


This sauce is simple, yet so delicious, tastes like you worked for hours on it.


From: Javelin Warrior's Cookin w/Luv


This recipe includes one of the best tutorials on how to make this classic dish.


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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54 comments:

  1. I'm always impressed with how you change a dish up! I probably never would have thought to put mozzarella in it.
    We made a mac and cheese this week too, but I used a progresso sauce, and powdered cheese sauce.

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    1. I love a good Kraft mac n cheese myself... brings me back to my college days. Thanks for the compliment this is really good. I hope you'll try it.

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  2. Great dish!:)
    I'd love to eat it anytime, and btw - here the summer is still in full swing

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    1. Ours goes back and forth until Oct. We will still get warm days but cool nights. It is actually a lovely time of year.

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  3. Diane - thanks so much for featuring my gazpacho! I just bought a bunch of tomatoes from the growers' market and am planning on making it again tomorrow! Love all of your featured recipes! Thanks for hosting and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. You got up before me. I didn't get a chance to tell you. Really fabulous gazpacho.

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  4. Oooh I'm glad my recipe inspired you! :) I love that you made it your own!

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    1. Thank you... it is sincerest flattery I think when someone likes something of yours so much they make it your own.

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  5. Yummy looking macaroni and cheese, with a twist. Thank you Diane for hosting. Have a great weekend!

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  6. The Adirondacks must be beautiful this time of the year. Thanks so much for hosting, especially with your busy schedule.

    I've linked an easy version of Cherries Jubilee with French Lavender, served over toast.
    Sam

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    1. It is truly a beautiful time there. The leaves are incredible colors by the end of September. Thanks for sharing another delicious looking recipe.

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  7. Thank you for featuring my ginger peach sorbet!

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    1. Both Adelina and I are gaga over this sorbet. The flavors are just incredible.

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  8. What a great twist on mac and cheese. Thanks so much for hosting Diane. Have a great weekend!

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  9. HI,
    I shared my Grain-free Salmon Rolls and an article about why going gluten-free is just not enough!

    Check out my new online cooking class: go grain-free
    http://realfoodforager.com/new-online-cooking-class-go-grain-free/


    Thanks for hosting!

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  10. Good Morning Diane,
    Your Mac N Cheese looks awesome, it is the season. Hope you are enjoying some quiet time and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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  11. Your Mac and Cheese looks delicious. I really like the addition of the mushrooms and all those lovely cheeses! Thank you for hosting, and have a lovely weekend.

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  12. That Mac and Cheese looks AMAZING!!! Thanks for the invite today! Have a great weekend!

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  13. I LOVE all the features!!! And thank you so much for featuring my Chile Relleno Casserole! I hope you have a lovely weekend! You Mac & Cheese sounds so good, btw!

    Leslie ~

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  14. The mac and cheese looks yummy and hopefully now that it is cooling down, I will add this to my list! Have a great weekend!

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  15. This mac and cheese looks amazing! My husband is Italian so pasta and the like make regular appearances at our table. Thanks again for the invite ~ I will enjoy following your blog.

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    1. My heritage is all Italian. I need my pasta too.

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  16. Oh Diane, these features look so good, no food for me this week, but I'll be back next week, see you then and have a great weekend

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  17. That macaroni and cheese looks sooooo yummy! Thank you SO MUCH for featuring me! It's always an honor! I love your blog!!!

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  18. Thank you so much for the feature and for hosting another lovely party. Your mac and cheese looks fabulous with mushrooms!

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  19. Thank you so much for featuring the Potatoes au Gratin recipe, Diane! I really appreciate the kind words. I also spotted MJ's Kitchen gazpacho soup - I love that recipe of hers and so happy to be included in her company!

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    1. The pleasure is mine. Hope to see you back here again and again.

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  20. That mac and cheese looks fantastic! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

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  21. Hi Diane,

    Thanks for stopping and leaving a sweet comment. I was planning on coming over today! That Italian Mac & Cheese is a dish I have to try, mushrooms, white wine...that will warm you up! Thanks for hosting! Hope you have a great weekend! cheers!

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    1. You are very welcome. Always good to see you.

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  22. Diane,
    The addition of the mushrooms and garlic to the mac and cheese is exceptional. Love your other features as well. Thanks for hosting and I'm sharing a gluten free end of the summer veggie quiche

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    1. Thank you very much. I have been wheat free because of allergies so I really appreciate seeing your recipes every week.

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  23. Hi Diane! Thank for stopping by my blog. I've linked up my Asparagus & Bacon Quiche. Hope your readers enjoy! I'm following you. Have a fab weekend!
    ~eva

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    1. Terrific... hope to see more of your wonderful recipes.

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  24. Thanks for visiting our blog and letting us know about Foodie Fridays!

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  25. thanks for the invite, i linked up my cupcakes w/nutella cheesecake frosting, and I added your button my link party list page as well. Hope to see you at my link party at http://mommyssweetconfessions.blogspot.com/2012/09/sweet-confessions-sunday-link-party-5.html

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    1. Thanks very much. I'm not usually on line Sundays but if I am I will link up.

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  26. Thank you for inviting me to link up! I'm now a new subscriber to your blog, as well. :) Have a great day!

    Kim
    Little Rays of Sunshine

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    1. Wonderful glad to have you. Hope to see you every week.

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  27. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm that Italian mac and cheese looks delish!! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend.

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  28. Thanks so much for hosting Diane!! Have a great weekend!!

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  29. Hi, thank for hosting I'm sharing Baked Buffalo Wings today. Have a great weekend.

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  30. thanks for hosting and for inviting me to link up!

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  31. Thanks for the invite to share my Caramel Apple Pound Cake, great recipes!

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  32. I'm always up for a new mac and cheese recipe-this looks delicious!

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  33. This looks wonderful! Isn't it funny how something like this can instantly warm you up?! Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday!

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  34. That mac and cheese looks amazing! I'd love to get my daughter off her Kraft mac n cheese kick, and on to something tastier.

    Love for you to link this recipe (and a couple others if you'd like!) to Wonderful Food Wednesday at http://www.athometake2.com. And if you could add us to your Wednesday Foodie links, that would be great as well. I'm updating my Linky list to include yours. Hope to see you there!

    Jessica @ At Home Take 2

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    1. Love your party. I was looking for some new food parties to join.

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  35. Diane, this is a wonderful recipe with lot of great flavor. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  36. Diane,
    Oh my goodness this looks delicious! I can't wait to try this recipe. I love pasta and am always looking for new ways to cook it. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week! I'm so jeleous that you're having cooler weather already (you're probably at a higher elevation then us) because when I look at the weather forecast all I see is 93, 90, 93, 91, 90 and so on and so on. I'm coming for a visit where it's cool in the day! lol Have a wonderful weekend
    Michelle

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  37. This Italian Mac N Cheese looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week.
    Have a great week.
    Debi

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