No doubt about it, 9 times out of 10 ladies, if your boyfriend/husband is mad at you, it can all be taken care with some Mac&Cheese. I would bet you could break his prized T.V. and set the carpet a blaze and you won’t hear a word because he’ll be too busy eating… Okay maybe not that extreme, but we are easy to please and an argument would definitely be resolved as soon as pasta and cheese come into the negotiations.
Serves 8 to 10
2 lb macaroni pasta, uncooked
½ lb Munster cheese, cubed
2 cups feta cheese
1 lb of grape tomatoes, quartered and broiled
1 bunch of fresh basil, thinly sliced
1 bunch of Parsley, chopped
½ gal Whole milk
½ lb unsalted butter
½ lb all purpose flour
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp Olive oil
1. Cook macaroni pasta, strain, shock in ice water, strain again, toss with oil then chill in the refrigerator in a baking dish.
2. In a deep sauce pan, melt butter on medium heat, then add the onions and garlic to sweat for 4 min on low heat.
3. Stir in flour until well incorporated and continue to stir for another 5 min.
4. Quickly add in the milk and continue to stir until it reaches the consistency where it covers the back of a spoon, or known as “nape”.
5. Whisk in the Munster, and continue to stir until fully melted, taste and add salt if needed.
6. Add cheese sauce to pasta with the broiled tomatoes, feta, olives and sliced basil, then top with panko.
7. Broil in the oven on a low heat till the bread crumbs have toasted, remove from oven and top with parsley then serve.
1. If you can get the cheese shredded or sliced thin, it would make it easier to melt.
2. It is important to shock the pasta, it stops the cooking process and prevents it from becoming mushy.