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Buffalo Mac n' Cheese

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Buffalo Mac n Cheese
Francesca Borgognone

Buffalo Mac n Cheese

Three cheeses and a kick of spice makes this comfort favorite a whole new story. For the ultimate trio, combine any two sharp cheeses, in this instance, two bold Irish Cheddars, with a smoother Gouda. When blended together, they make for a creamy, cheesy, spicy dream — one spoonful will just not do the trick. 

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, divided, plus more for greasing
  • 1 1/2 Cup sliced shallots
  • 1 1/2 Pound shell pasta
  • 1 Cup shredded Kerrygold Aged or other medium-sharp Cheddar
  • 1 Cup shredded Kerrygold Vintage or other sharp Cheddar
  • 1 Cup shredded smoked Gouda
  • 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 Cup half and half
  • 2 Tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 Cup plain breadcrumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a deep baking dish. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat and add the shallots. Cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, covered, until shallots are deep brown, stirring often, about 6 minutes.

At the same, bring water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. 

Mix the cheeses together in a large bowl and coat with flour, put 1 cup aside for topping. In a small saucepan, bring the half and half to a simmer, add the hot sauce and 2 cups of cheese, stir occasionally for 3 minutes or until the cheese becomes soft and creamy. Remove from the heat and place in baking dish. 

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the breadcrumbs; toss. Stir until golden, about 2 minutes. Top the macaroni with a layer of shallots, then the leftover cheese, and top with breadcrumbs. Drizzle the remaining tablespoon of butter on top and then put into oven for 25-30 minutes. 

Nutritional Facts
Servings8
Calories Per Serving665
Total Fat25g38%
Sugar8gN/A
Saturated14g72%
Cholesterol70mg23%
Protein23g47%
Carbs86g29%
Vitamin A178µg20%
Vitamin B120.6µg9.2%
Vitamin B60.3mg14.2%
Vitamin C5mg9%
Vitamin D0.4µg0.1%
Vitamin E0.7mg3.4%
Vitamin K3µg4%
Calcium312mg31%
Fiber5g18%
Folate (food)40µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)80µg20%
Folic acid23µgN/A
Iron3mg14%
Magnesium72mg18%
Monounsaturated6gN/A
Niacin (B3)3mg15%
Phosphorus405mg58%
Polyunsaturated2gN/A
Potassium411mg12%
Riboflavin (B2)0.3mg19.7%
Sodium442mg18%
Thiamin (B1)0.3mg20.7%
Trans0.6gN/A
Zinc3mg19%