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Sophisticated Mac ‘N Cheese

By just changing the type of pasta you use, it can go from a kids meal (elbow macaroni) to a meal fit for your dinner guests (rigatoni)!

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Sophisticated Mac 'N Cheese
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Serves: 4
By just changing the type of pasta you use, it can go from a kids meal (elbow macaroni) to a meal fit for your dinner guests (rigatoni)!
Ingredients
Topping:
  • 1 cup GF bread crumbs (dry or fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp butter or margarine
Cream Sauce:
  • 1½ Tbsp tapioca or cornstarch
  • 2¾ cups half-and-half (or milk or milk alternative-the result will be more or less creamy)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper*
  • 1 cup sharp Cheddar, grated
  • ½ cup Gruyere cheese*, grated
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 8 ounces GF rigatoni, or your favorite shaped pasta
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta for 2 minutes less than indicated on package. When done, drain and rinse in cold water to stop cooking.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter and toss with bread crumbs until fully coated. Set aside.
  3. Put half-and-half in a 3 quart sauce pan. Add starch, and slowly heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat. Add cheddar and Gruyere cheeses, stirring until melted. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne. Add pasta and mix well.
  4. Pour into buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle Parmesan on top. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F, or until browned.
Notes
*GFC Kitchen Tips: Spices: you can use any GF spice mix you like (Cajun, sweet chili pepper). Cheese: Use any cheese that melts well, even more cheddar if nothing else - but avoid mild cheeses, as the bland flavor tends to get lost.

 

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