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    Mac-N-Cheese for Grown-Ups

    Mac-N-Cheese for Grown-Ups. Photo by Bonnie G #2

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    1 hrs

    30 mins

    30 mins

    Bonnie G #2's Note:

    This was sent to me in a William Sonoma magazine and it's a nice variation on an old classic that tends to be a more grown up taste (IMHO) It calls for cavatappi pasta (a fancier elbow looking pasta) but I couldn't find it so just used elbow. Has more steps than most mac-n-cheese I've made but I feel it's worth it and hope you do too.

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 8-10

    Yield:

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    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 375.
    2. 2
      Butter 3-4 quart square baking dish.
    3. 3
      In 4 quart saucepan over medium heat, melt 6 tablespoons of butter.
    4. 4
      Stir in flour, cook, stirring, 1 minuted. Add bay leaf.
    5. 5
      Slowly whisk in milk until smooth.
    6. 6
      Simmer, whisking occasionally, 14-16 minutes.
    7. 7
      Discard bay leaf.
    8. 8
      Whisk in creme fraiche and 1 1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel; bring to simmer.
    9. 9
      Off heat, stir in 1 1/2 cups each mozzarella and cheedar.
    10. 10
      Season with Fleur de sel and white pepper.
    11. 11
      In large bowl, combine pasta and cheese sauce.
    12. 12
      Stir in 2 cups mozzarella.
    13. 13
      Transfer to prepared casserole dish.
    14. 14
      Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and cheddar, then with bread crumbs.
    15. 15
      Bake 30 minutes.
    16. 16
      Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 19, 2012

      55

      Oh Yummy!!! Made this as written (we had company) and it makes a lot. I had never used creme fraiche and I love it! I followed the instructions completely except for the fleur de sel (didn't have any) so I used kosher salt. Definately a keeper!!!!! Made for Fall PAC 2012. Thank you for posting and the company thanks you too. P.S. next time I might saute a little onion/garlic to mix in for a little more flavor the DH. I thought it was perfect.

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    • on October 20, 2012

      55

      We have made this three times, and it's wonderful. I use sea salt instead of fleur de sel, and good fresh heavy cream instead of creme fraiche. Works just fine.

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    Nutritional Facts for Mac-N-Cheese for Grown-Ups

    Serving Size: 1 (256 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 811.8
     
    Calories from Fat 434
    53%
    Total Fat 48.2 g
    74%
    Saturated Fat 29.2 g
    146%
    Cholesterol 158.3 mg
    52%
    Sodium 1070.9 mg
    44%
    Total Carbohydrate 62.3 g
    20%
    Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
    9%
    Sugars 2.8 g
    11%
    Protein 32.0 g
    64%

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