Italian Baked Mac & Cheese

Italian Baked Mac & Cheese
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When your guests arrive, simply take it out of oven to serve!  For a special treat, allow the mac & cheese to cool for 5 minutes before drizzling with truffle oil.

6
Servings
638
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 6 ounces white cheddar
  • 6 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • 6 ounces Pecorino Romano, coarsely grated
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter plus more for greasing baker
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ cups light cream
  • bay leaf & thyme leaf
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375°F & butter Donatella’s ramekins or baker.

Cook pasta according to instructions less two minutes.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion & cook until softened. Sprinkle flour over the onion & stir constantly for 2 minutes. Add light cream, sprinkle thyme, salt & pepper to taste.

Increase heat & continue to stir. When liquid reaches a boil, reduce heat to low simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in pepper, nutmeg, & all cheeses until just melted. Stir in pasta & mix well.

Spoon mixture into ramekins or baker mounding slightly, bake for 15 minutes, until the cheese is quietly sizzling.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
36g
51%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
19g
79%
Cholesterol
128mg
43%
Carbohydrate, by difference
48g
37%
Protein
29g
63%
Vitamin A, RAE
238µg
34%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
586mg
59%
Choline, total
29mg
7%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Fluoride, F
4µg
0%
Folate, total
56µg
14%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
39mg
12%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
379mg
54%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
21µg
38%
Sodium, Na
1108mg
74%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
2µg
13%
Water
114g
4%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Italian Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Italian Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.