Italian Baked Mac & Cheese

Mac and cheese done the right way
mac and 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
1319
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
97g
100%
Sugar
8g
N/A
Saturated Fat
59g
100%
Cholesterol
315mg
100%
Protein
42g
84%
Carbs
71g
24%
Vitamin A
818µg
91%
Vitamin B12
1µg
22%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
12%
Vitamin C
2mg
3%
Vitamin D
2µg
N/A
Vitamin E
2mg
11%
Vitamin K
8µg
10%
Calcium
987mg
99%
Fiber
3g
11%
Folate (food)
39µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
57µg
14%
Folic acid
11µg
N/A
Iron
2mg
11%
Magnesium
88mg
22%
Monounsaturated
27g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
10%
Phosphorus
830mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
4g
N/A
Potassium
454mg
13%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.6mg
37.2%
Sodium
1172mg
49%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
13.2%
Trans
1g
N/A
Zinc
4mg
28%

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