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    Michael Voltaggio's Spanish Inspired "Mac & Cheese"

    Michael Voltaggio's Spanish Inspired "Mac & Cheese". Photo by KateL

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    1 hr 5 mins

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    Dr. Jenny's Note:

    DH and I loved this recipe from the Williams-Sonoma website. We thought it to be really rich (not low cal) and delicious. The only modification that I made was to use soy chorizo from Trader Joes, which worked out great. This recipe uses Bomba rice (arborio) vs pasta, FYI. We made the whole dish in the Dutch oven and transferred the Dutch oven to the oven so as not to dirty another pan. Prep time includes resting time.

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    1. 1
      Preheat a broiler.
    2. 2
      In a large saute pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5-6 minutes.
    3. 3
      Increase the heat to medium-high, add the chorizo and cook for 2-3 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add the rice, saffron, and bay leaf. Cook, stirring frequently, until the rice is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the sherry and cook until absorbed.
    5. 5
      Reduce the heat to medium. Add the water 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each addition has been absorbed and the rice is just al dente, about 20 minutes.
    6. 6
      Add the cream and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
    7. 7
      Fold in the goat cheese and season with salt.
    8. 8
      Transfer the rice to a casserole dish or large fry pan and sprinkle the Manchego on top.
    9. 9
      Broil until the cheese is golden brown, about 8 minutes.
    10. 10
      Let rest for 5-10 minutes. Garnish with chives.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 13, 2014


      Although this was edible, the cost of the premium ingredients demanded that this recipe be excellent. Instead, the Spanish chorizo was lost in a sea of goat cheese (and I had tasted the goat cheese prior to cooking and had enjoyed it). The Manchego cheese held its own as a crisp topping. Bomba rice is incredibly expensive, yet I wish I had used Uncle Ben's; it would have had the same effect. Michael Voltaggio has committed a "culinary crime", that of making premium ingredients seem ordinary or even disappointing. My previous successes with Spanish chorizo and Manchego cheese had made me jump at this recipe; but in my opinion no self-respecting Spanish chef would bastardize his ingredients this way. If this had been served on Top Chef, his brother would have won. Made for Rookie Recipe Tag.

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    Nutritional Facts for Michael Voltaggio's Spanish Inspired "Mac & Cheese"

    Serving Size: 1 (222 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 418.1
    Calories from Fat 215
    Total Fat 23.9 g
    Saturated Fat 10.4 g
    Cholesterol 54.3 mg
    Sodium 22.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 42.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
    Sugars 1.0 g
    Protein 4.3 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    spanish chorizo

    goat cheese

    manchego cheese

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