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World's Best Macaroni and Cheese In reply to
12 ounces elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 tablespoon dry mustard
1 bay leaf
1 sprig fresh thyme
1/2 cup milk
2 cups half-and-half
3/4 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2 cups grated French Gruyere cheese
1 cup grated Swiss Fontina cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Crispy Topping (recipe follows)
2 tablespoon butters, room temperature, for greasing dish
Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain and let cool.
To make sauce: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté 20 seconds. Add flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, 1 to 2 minutes; do not brown. Add mustard, bay leaf and thyme and whisk in milk and half-and-half. Bring up to a boil while whisking, add Worcestershire and hot pepper sauce and simmer slowly about 20 minutes. Strain through a medium strainer, add the cheeses and mix until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Prepare crispy topping.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Butter a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Mix macaroni with sauce. Place in baking dish and top with crispy topping. Bake in preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes until golden and bubbly. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.
Crispy Topping
1 1/2 cups coarse bread crumbs
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
1/2 cup chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
In skillet, sauté bread crumbs lightly in melted butter until lightly browned. Add parsley and season with salt and pepper.
NOTE: This can be prepared ahead of time.
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Zippy Zucchini Pasta In reply to
1 (7 ounce) package angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti
2 small zucchini, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
1 (16 ounce) can Mexican diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a skillet sauté zucchini and garlic in oil until zucchini is crisp tender. Add the tomatoes, parsley, oregano and red pepper flakes. Heat through. Drain pasta and top with zucchini mixture.
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