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MAC & CHEESE A LA CONTESSA

Mac & Cheese
Copyright 2002 Barefoot Contessa Family Style
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Recipe Summary
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes FRY UP ABOUT SIX SLICES BACON
Yield: 6 to 8 servings REMOVE PAN AND SAUTE AT
Vegetable oil Kosher salt
1 pound elbow macaroni or cavatappi (see Note) quart milk – regular is best
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour LEAST ONE LARGE ONION
12 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (4 cups) add all to finishged mac&cheese
8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar, grated (2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper DELICIOUS WHEN BACON AND
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg – optional ONION ARE MIXED WITH PASTA!!!!!!
3/4 pound fresh tomatoes (4 small)
1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed) – food processor is best

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.

Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don’t boil it. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4-quart) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a 3-quart baking dish.

Slice the tomatoes and arrange on top. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.

Note: To make ahead, put the macaroni and cheese in the baking dish, cover, and refrigerate until ready to bake. Put the tomatoes and bread crumbs on top and bake for about 40 to 50 minutes.
THIS IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!

Episode#: IG1B07

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