Seraphizm Chows Down: My Special Mac & Cheese
Hello Pasta lovers! The cold is slowly creeping back on us, and I think it's time to share a very hearty and warming dish. I love pasta. It's one of my favorite foods to eat, probably because of my childhood and growing up on it.
Preparing a sauce or a topping can sometimes be a bit difficult but you can be really creative with it. Spicy, creamy, hot, or cold, you choose what you like - just go for it!
This time it's all about the hot and creamy famous Mac & Cheese, Laura's way. I've made it at home and at work and its been a success, so I thought I would share with you guys.
For a hungry 4/5 people:
- 600g of dried macaroni
- 45g of Butter
- 3 heaped tablespoons of Flour
- 1 tablespoon of Whole grain mustard
- 1 tablespoon of Paprika
- 1 litre of semi-skimmed milk
- 100 g of freshly grated Cheddar cheese ( +50g to sprinkle on top)
- 50g of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 50g of freshly grated Pecorino
- Panko breadcrumb
- Preheat your oven on gas mark 5
- Bring water to a boil and add the macaroni. Cook until they are just about to be al dente.Once ready, drain and rinse in cool water then set aside with a bit of butter to avoid the pasta from sticking to each other.
- In a sauce pan, melt the butter and add the flour over medium heat.Whisk until the flour and the butter are combined into a paste. This is the first step of béchamel sauce, easy uh?
- Then add the paprika and the whole grain mustard to the mix. Keep whisking as you need to cook up the flour a little bit more at this stage.
- Stir in the cold milk and whisk until your sauce becomes smooth and thickened (it will take a good 10 min)
- Remove from the heat and add your grated cheeses. Stir until the cheeses are melted.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and pour the cheese sauce on the pasta and mix gently until all of it is covered.
- To finish, sprinkle some cheese on top, yes more cheese, and I like to add some Panko (Japanese style breadcrumbs) to give an extra crunch and a nice gold finish.
- Bake for about 25 min on gas mark 5 and a few minutes under the grill for a nice golden finish. BOOM!!!
This is a very simple way of doing it.
You can add meat, vegetables or more cheese. The options are endless. Go on try it and let me know!