• Mac 'n' Cheese

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    Mac 'n' Cheese
    Prep: 15 min Cook: 30 min Servings: 4
    by Kevin Greggans
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    Sometimes, you just gotta have a bowl! Use Cavatappi noodles. Do not substitute! You will be happy you did. This recipe is rich, creamy and full of flavor.


    • 1 head of garlic roasted
    • 1 tsp olive oil
    • 1 pound of Cavatappi noodles
    • 1/2 pound of sliced Applewood smoked bacon
    • 1-1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
    • 8 tablespoons of butter
    • 1/4 cup minced shallots
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1 quart whole milk
    • 6 oz. grated Gruyere cheese
    • 8 oz. extra-sharp grated Cheddar cheese
    • 1/2 tsp pepper
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg


    1. preheat oven to 350
    2. roast garlic for 45 minutes (slice across top, add olive oil S&P to both pieces, put top back, wrap in foil). Squeeze out garlic cloves and smash into a paste)
    3. cook pasta according to directions
    4. cook bacon, crumble, reserve 1 Tablespoon of fat
    5. Topping: Combine bread crumbs, bacon, Parm cheese, 2 Tablespoons of melted butter
    6. heat oven to 375
    7. saute shallots over low heat in bacon fat (1-2 minutes)
    8. add remaining 6 Tablespoons of butter and continue to saute until shallots are translucent
    9. add flour and cook for another 1-2 minutes, increase heat to medium, add milk and garlic stirring constantly
    10. cook sauce until thick (coats back of spoon). remove from heat and add S&P, nutmeg, Gruyere and Cheddar cheeses
    11. stir in cooked pasta
    12. pour into baking dish. sprinkle topping
    13. Optional - also add 1/2 cup of your favorite local bakery garlic croutons that have been crushed into a course consistency
    14. cover with foil and bake 15 minutes
    15. remove foil and continue baking until sauce is bubbly and topping is brown

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