A melt in your mouth Mac N’ Cheese dish that’s simple and quick
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Happy Lazy Sunday, everyone! 🙂
Hope you’ve all had an amazing week! To top off it off, I have a great recipe for you guys! Another mac n’ cheese recipe 😉 Mac n’ cheese is like the perfect comfort food for a lazy day, especially Sundays. It’s my sister and I’s birthday weekend and I definitely feel like eating as many carbs as I want. You guys know I love pasta! So I chose a recipe that was easy but a little more elevated than your regular mac n’ cheese. Mac n’ cheese is one of my favorite foods to eat. It combines both my favorite type of food: pasta and cheese. It’s like that couple you know who would get married cause they always looked perfect together. Pasta and cheese are like that.
I was at Vons the other day with my mom (we seem to spend a lot of our time there huh? LOL) picking up ingredients for a couple recipes I’m making for my birthday on Tuesday and I cam across a bag of a different kind of pasta I’ve never cooked with. It took me about 0.568474 seconds to grab it. They’re called Paccheri. Paccheri comes from the region of Calabria and can also be served stuffed. I used the Tantillo Artisanal brand. You can find it here on Amazon.
But just look how hugeeee they are! I didn’t even know pasta could be that big! What’s great about this shape is it will help hold a lot of that luscious cheese sauce I will be making. You can see in the pictures how well the sauce is sticking to the pasta. It’s always good to choose a pasta shape that will hold pasta sauce well. It will taste better and you will get more flavor than if the sauce just slid right off (that would be #annoying). I was so excited about this bag of pasta that I was determined to make a mac n’ cheese recipe this weekend. Since it’s my birthday weekend, I thought it was a perfect idea! And I got to use my new serving bowl from Anthropologie for this dish!
In this recipe, I’m using Parmesan (my favorite, of course!), Romano and Fontina (which melts beautifully and is prefect for a cheesey, gooey dish) cheeses. I was sooooo excited to eat this because I am CRAVING some comfort food. Plus, there is another cold front coming in and it’s CHILLY outside so it’s time for a cozy hot meal. Perfect day for a big bowl of mac n’ cheese! YUMMMM.
Now, when cooking pasta, you want to be careful to not overcook it. You want the pasta to be “al dente”, which means that there’s a bite to it and doesn’t feel rubbery. With Paccheri, I cooked mine about 11-13 minutes. I used the whole bag of pasta so it took longer to cook it all. But if you use only half the bag, start with 7 minutes and test it to make sure the pasta is done.
It’s a great dish for kids, too! If you have kids and you need something simple and quick to make, this is your go-to. This is a dish where you will want to savor every bite. Just let the cheesy goodness melt in your mouth. It’s so luxurious…..You will probably never buy boxed mac n’ cheese again.
On a related note, stay tuned for another upcoming pasta dish I will be making for my birthday next week. It’s gonna be #mouthwatering! And before I forget, go check out our Orzo Mac N’ Cheese. It’s just as cheesey and gooey as this one!
Hope this recipe makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
Until next time! xoxo The Twins
- 1 lb Paccheri Pasta
- 1/2 shallot, chopped
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 1/2 cups half & half or heavy cream
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 3/4 cup parmesan
- 1/2 cup romano
- 1/2 cup fontina
- 1 tsp fresh sage, chopped
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Throw in pasta and cook until "al dente", about 8-11 minutes
- While pasta is cooking, melt 1 tbsp of butter in a medium sauce pan. Add the shallot and cook until tender, 3-4 minutes.
- Whisk in the 2 tbsp of flour in the sauce pan and cook for about 1 minute.
- Add in the half & half to make a roux and then add the salt, pepper & ground mustard.
- Bring the roux to a boil and whisk constantly until it starts to thicken.
- Now for the best part: Whisk in all the cheeses and reduce to a simmer.
- Once the pasta is done, drain and return the pasta back to the pot.
- Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta until coated evenly.
- Garnish with fresh sage and enjoy!