Mac and Two Cheeses With Caramelized Shallots

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Total Time
45mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

This grown-up take on macaroni and cheese is topped with rich, pungent caramelized shallots and creamy, crumbled goat cheese. From this month's The Bon Appétit Magazine (December 2008).

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 tablespoons butter, plus more
  • butter, for baking dish
  • 3 cups sliced large shallots (about 6)
  • 8 ounces small elbow macaroni (2 cups)
  • 1 14 cups half-and-half
  • 2 12 teaspoons hot sauce (such as Cholula)
  • 2 cups packed coarsely grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 12 tablespoons all-purpose flour (or slightly more if you prefer a thicker sauce)
  • 23 cup crumbled soft fresh goat cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F Butter 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, covered, until shallots are deep brown, stirring often, about 6 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook macaroni in large saucepan of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally; drain well. Reserve pan. Bring half and half and hot sauce to simmer in same saucepan over medium heat. Toss cheddar cheese and flour in medium bowl to coat; add to half and half mixture. Whisk until sauce is smooth and just returns to simmer, about 2 minutes. Mix in pasta. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread pasta mixture in prepared dish. Top with shallots, then goat cheese. Sprinkle with pepper. Bake until heated through, about 15 minutes.