Friday, February 25, 2011

Fontina Mac and Cheese




Mac and cheese is definitely considered a top favorite childhood dish among many foodies. It is comfort food at it's best! This Fontina Mac and Cheese recipe is our spin on a classic with flavor cranked all the way up! No adult will be ashamed of indulging in this creamy and delicious pasta dish. Kids will love it too!

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of butter
3 tablespoons of flour
2 cups of whole milk
1/2 lb of Fontina cheese
1/2 cup of Panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon of fresh dill
1 teaspoonful of salt
1 teaspoonful of pepper
1/2 box of rigatoni


Kitchen Essentials:
1 medium pot
1 large pot
Measuring cups and spoons
Strainer
Cutting board
Grater
Knife
Whisk
Oven
Baking dish

Prep:
Begin by filling a large pot with water and salt. Bring the water to a boil and put in the rigatoni. Cook according to package instructions.

Take the Fontina cheese out of the refrigerator and grate it. We recommend leaving it in the refrigerator until you are ready, so that it stays firm and is easier to grate. Set aside for later use.
Directions:
Begin by making a roux, which is a thickener. Put the medium pot over medium-low heat and add the butter. Once the butter is melted, begin to whisk in the flour. Continue whisking and cook the flour for a minute or two. As the flour-butter mixture begins to dry out, slowly add about a 1/4 cup of milk and continue whisking. Allow the mixture to cook for a couple more minutes before adding the rest of the milk and mixing well. At this point, you should have a thick white sauce, which is the base for the cheese sauce (pictured above). Add salt, pepper and Fontina cheese to the pot. Stir well until the cheese has melted.


Once the pasta is cooked, strain it and toss it with the Fontina cheese sauce. Make sure that the pasta is fully coated. Transfer to you baking dish and top with the Panko bread crumbs. Pop the dish into the oven at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes, until the cheese sauce is bubbling and the Panko topping is nicely browned and crispy. Once out of the oven sprinkle the fresh dill over the top which add a nice touch of freshness to the dish.


Serve nice and hot with your favorite steak or chicken dish. Enjoy!

17 comments:

  1. Ohhh this is wonderful twist on mac&Cheese..Love fontina cheese...will try this soon, I have feeling that my kids will love it!

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  2. I'm a junkie for mac n cheese. i like to add garlic to my roux, but haven't had a classic mac 'n cheese in a while. I know what i'm making for dinner now. thanks!!
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  3. What a great take on the classic mac and cheese, love the idea!

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  4. I can imagine how creamy and delicious this must be!

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  5. You and me get along b/c we both love mac n cheese! Fontina makes it all the more exciting.

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  6. Mac and cheese...yum! You've added a great twist to it with the Fontina Cheese. I wouldn't be ashamed to stand in the kids line for seconds :)

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  7. Yummy bites! Have a great weekend guys :)

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  8. Sounds sinfully delicious. Love the addition of dill which I have never seen before in Mac and Cheese

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  9. Thanks susi... We really took a risk with the dill but it worked so well with the fontina and the crunchiness of the panko!!! Really lightens us the dish!

    BTW: This recipe serves about 4 people.

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  10. I know my kiddos would love this...who wouldn't????

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  11. I LOVE mac and cheese. But with fontina is even better!! It looks amazing and I love the addition of the panko on top. YUM! :)

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  12. You had me at Fontina......I love Mac and cheese but I'm really picky about the ingredients. I love rich creamy cheese that coats every noodle so silky like. Great recipe. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  13. This looks quite delicious. I'll definitely try this one the next time I make Mac and Cheese--My 13 yr. old son could actually live off Mac and Cheese, and I'm sure he will enjoy this recipe

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  14. Mac and cheese is a mandatory in this house once a week. I looove fontina in mac and cheese. Its such a great combo!

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  15. YUM!!!!!!!!! Fontina is one of the four cheeses I use in my mac and cheese! Your recipe sounds FAN-TAS-TIC! :D

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  16. Amazing! Panko fav, fontina, fav but forgotten all about fontina since haven't see it in the shops for AGES. OK, you've got me back on a mission, thanks! Looks fab.

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  17. I've made a similar dish with spinach added...so good!

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