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Sweet And Savory Mac & Cheese

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This homemade Mac & Cheese pairs sweet carrots and savory herbs with rich cheeses to make a wonderful main or side dish. You'll never go back to the box!
Ingredients
  Pasta 16 Ounce (elbow, ziti, rotini)
  Carrot 4 Medium, trimmed and cut shortly
  Shallot 1 Medium
  Thyme 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon, freshly chopped
  Sage 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon, freshly chopped
  Nutmeg 1 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm) (small)
  Panko breadcrumb 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Unsalted butter 3 Tablespoon
  Parmigiano reggiano 2 Tablespoon
  All purpose flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Whole milk 3 1⁄2 Cup (56 tbs)
  Aged cheddar cheese 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Gouda cheese 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat the oven.
2. Boil pasta until al dente (one minute less than box instructions).
3. Drain pasta and toss with a tablespoon olive oil – set aside.

MAKING
4. Make the topping by putting 2 cups of Panko in a medium sized mixing bowl.
5. Add 2 tablespoons of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
6. Add dash each of salt and pepper.
7. Pour butter mixture over Panko and cheese.
8.Toss to coat Panko and cheese well.
9. Melt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter with minced garlic clove.
10. Steam roughly chopped carrots until softened (approx. 5 minutes) – add to drained pasta.
11. Sauté chopped shallots in a tablespoon of olive oil, over medium low heat until caramelized – set aside.
12. Finely mince 1 ½ tablespoon each of thyme and sage.
13. Melt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter in heavy medium sized saucepan.
14. Whisk 1/4 cup flour into melted butter, continue whisking over medium low heat for 3 minutes while mixture gently bubbles.
15. Slowly add milk, whisking continuously about 5-6 minutes until mixture thickens.
16. Raise heat to medium to bring mixture to a strong simmer, then reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
17. Stir occasionally while mixture simmers and thickens for 10 more mins.
18. Remove from heat and whisk in shredded cheeses (5 cups total).
19. Add shallots and fresh herbs, pinch of salt and pepper, plus nutmeg.
20. Pour mixture over pasta and carrots - mix well.
21. Spread Mac & Cheese evenly in a 9”x12” glass baking dish topped with Panko topping.
22. Bake in hot 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes until topping is golden brown.

SERVING
23. Serve and Enjoy!

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
British
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
10

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