Fabulous Recipe: Best Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Fabulous Recipe: Best Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This is the ultimate comfort food, truly nurturing and delicious. To give it an edge of extra richness, I suggest a top-quality imported Gruyère cheese. You could buy a standard super-market-quality Cheddar or Monterey Jack but, trust me, there is a difference; with Gruyère, the result is superior in both flavor and consistency.

  • 1 pound ziti (or other small tube-shaped pasta)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt,
  • plus more for the pasta water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups grated Gruyère cheese
  • (from about 1⁄2 pound)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 
  • (from about 2 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • Butter for greasing pan

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until halfway done, about 6 minutes; do not overcook. Drain well and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

3. Meanwhile, place the milk, cream, and garlic in the same pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add the cooked pasta in the mixing bowl. Add 1 cup of the grated Gruyère plus the 1⁄2 cup of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano to the bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Butter an ovenproof glass dish approximately 8 X 12 X 13 inches, transfer the pasta mixture to the dish, and sprinkle the remaining Gruyère evenly on top. Bake for 30 minutes or until crispy and golden on top.

Note: The macaroni and cheese can be baked for just 10 minutes and then set aside and finished later for 20 minutes.

-Colin Cowie

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