Italian Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Looking for an easy Italian Macaroni and Cheese recipe? Learn how to make Italian Macaroni and Cheese using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by mageeg

Makes 4 servings



from here: http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/italian-mac-cheese-210700191.html Chef Fabio's tips: Softer cheeses are better than hard ones for mac and cheese. Make a cream bath to melt the cheeses together first by placing a bowl of cream over a pot of boiling water. This will ensure you have a great consistency to your mac and cheese and helps avoid the mistake of burning your cheese sauce. Always use cheese and pasta in equal amount for a perfect cheesy balance. Add and reduce the cheese to the pasta to intensify the creamy, cheesy flavor. Don't use boring breadcrumbs! Blending fresh herbs and lemon zest in your breadcrumbs helps deepen their flavor. Use the breadcrumbs to top the mac and cheese and bake off in the oven as a perfect finish to your dish.

Recipe Ingredients for Italian Macaroni and Cheese

1 lb. Elbows Dry
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup grated fontina cheese
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 cup half and half cream
4 cloves garlic
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 cups Panko Breadcrumbs
1 tbs dry parsley (or 1 bunch fresh)
2 tbs lemon zest
1 tsp Salt (to taste)
1 cracked black pepper to taste

Recipe Directions for Italian Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Put the heavy cream and all the cheeses into a mixing bowl.

  2. Add cracked pepper and pinch of salt to cream and cheese.

  3. Put the bowl on top of a pot of boiling water on medium high and stir until the cheese is melted, set it aside.

  4. Cook pasta in the pot of boiling water until al dente.

  5. Drain the pasta and set aside.

  6. Smash garlic cloves and place them in oil in a sauté pan over medium low heat and cook until soft.

  7. Remove garlic and mix with pasta.

  8. Mix in the cheese sauce, and put in the pot and heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring often.

  9. While that is heating, put the breadcrumbs, parsley and lemon zest in a food processor and pulse until well combined.

  10. Place Mac and cheese in an oven safe container and top with bread crumb mixture and bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 317.7g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
1035
Calories from Fat
394
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
43.8g
67%
Saturated Fat
21.1g
106%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
103mg
34%
Sodium
1411mg
59%
Potassium
195mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates
120.9g
40%
Dietary Fiber
5.3g
21%
Sugars
4.1g
Protein
41.4g
Vitamin A 19% Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 62% Iron 4%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
C-
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
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