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Cheese Maker’s Mac And Cheese

Ingredients

for 6 servings

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (30 g) flour
  • 3 cups (720 mL) milk
  • 2 cups (480 mL) water
  • 1 lb (450 g) elbow macaroni
  • 4 oz (115 g) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 ¼ cups (125 g) shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 ¼ cups (125 g) shredded fontina cheese
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded havarti cheese
  • 1 cup (100 g) smoked gouda cheese, shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups (125 g) ritz cracker, crushed
  • fresh basil leaf, to serve

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  2. In a large pan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, reducing heat to medium-low, cooking for 1 minute.
  3. Gradually whisk in the milk and water. Add the macaroni and cook over medium-high heat until boiling. Stir frequently for 8 to 10 minutes, until the pasta is al dente.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, fontina, Gouda, and cayenne, and season with salt and pepper. Stir until fully combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a grease baking dish.
  6. In a medium skillet, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
  7. Add the crushed crackers and stir to combine. Toast the crumbs until browned, stirring for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
  8. Sprinkle the toasted crumbs over the macaroni and cheese, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and rest for 5 minutes.
  10. Serve with fresh basil
  11. Enjoy!
 
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