Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Spicy Sweet Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese is my ultimate comfort food. So over the last several years I have worked on getting a good recipe.
2 T. Melted butter and more for baking dish
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I make my own by using old sandwich bread that was frozen)
2 lb. (4 cups) grated cheese
  • I use tillamook vintage white cheddar, dubliner white cheese, parmesan,  gorgonzola 
  • mild cheddar can also be used if you don't want to spend the money on the more expensive ones.
16 oz penne or your favorite pasta
2 1/2 milk
16oz cream cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan
1 Tbsp. Sriracha (depending on how spicy you want- I usually put more)
3 Tbsp. Honey (to taste)

Butter 9x13 baking dish . Toss melted butter with bread crumbs and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese in a small bowl.

In large pot of boiling water cook pasta.

Bring milk to boil over medium heat and add cream cheese in cubes, stir till melted. Then gradually stir in remaining cheese. Add a little gorgonzola here.

For sweet and spicy: add sriracha and honey and pepper to taste to cheese sauce then mix with pasta.

Mix all together and put in baking dish

Bake at 350 for 10 min then sprinkle with bread crumbs and gorgonzola and bake for 10 more min.