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
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.