Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Chef Chuck's Baked Macaroni and Cheese


Maccheroni e Formaggio  al Forno


Macaroni and cheese with bits of prosciutto is truly a comfort food. So easy to assemble and so enjoyable to eat, mac and cheese is an affordable dish that everyone enjoys. The asiago and parmigiano cheese combination made this dish so creamy. I love the salty prosciutto and that crunchy crust.


Macaroni and Cheese
1/2 pound elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup asiago cheese, cubed
1/2 cup parmigiana cheese, grated
salt and pepper
3 slices prosciutto, chopped
breadcrumbs
olive oil


Butter a 9" pan, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta in boiling salted water till al dente. While pasta is cooking heat a large frying pan melt butter add flour and kept stirring with a wooden spoon or a whisk. Slowly add warm milk stirring constantly till you have a smooth sauce. Add asiago cheese stir till melted then add parmigiana cheese, salt and pepper. Add pasta and coat with sauce, add prosciutto. Place in buttered baking dish sprinkle with breadcrumbs, parmigiana and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes, raise heat to 425 degrees for 5 minutes to get a crunchy crust.

12 comments:

  1. I will be the one at your table stealing all the crispy edges! The prosciutto is a brilliant addition for a little salty kick.

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  2. Hi Bridgett, I am with you on that!!
    Thank you~

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  3. I could totally go for this right about now!! I'm starving!!

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  4. Hi Ash! Good old comfort food!!
    Thank you:)

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  5. This looks awesome, Chuck! I love the crispy parts best but then I love the creamy part. I love it all. I also love the bean and pasta dish. I have lots of kidney beans in my freezer just waiting to be used!

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  6. Hi Nirmala, I am so glad you like, your like me I like the crispy parts!
    Thank you :)

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  7. Your baked mac and cheese looks simply perfect! I always go for the golden top of this dish, where it is so nice and crispy next to the creamy insides! Great photo too!

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  8. Hi bella (roz) I totally agree! Thank you for your comment :)

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  9. Mmmmm comfort food at its best and with an Italian twist. Absolutely love it!

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  10. Hi Jamie! I believe in comfort all the way~
    Easy to do, you must try! Thank you:)

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  11. I think I will try this one this weekend!

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  12. Hello Silvana,
    I am sure you will enjoy!!
    Thank you for stopping by...

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