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The Carbon Bar's Mac and Cheese

Easy

The Carbon Bar's Mac and Cheese

from The Carbon Bar

Robin Winship

Robin Winship

The Carbon Bar's Mac and Cheese

Method

Mornay Sauce 3 Steps

  • Step 1

    To make the roux, melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pot, then add the flour and mix until well incorporated. Continue cooking the mixture on low heat for about five minutes, making sure to stir the roux every few minutes. The roux should be blonde in colour.

  • Step 2

    Heat up the milk separately in a small pot with the bay leaves, peppercorns and thyme. Steep for 10 minutes at a low simmer. Remove the whole spices and herbs and gradually stream the milk into the pot with the cooked roux, stirring constantly with a whisk until all the milk has been incorporated.

  • Step 3

    Continue to cook the sauce gently until it thickens, stirring every few minutes with a wooden spoon to prevent burning on the bottom of the pot. Mix in the cheeses until melted and add the salt (adjust for seasoning). Set aside.

Mac and Cheese 6 Steps

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Step 2

    Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to the package instructions (usually 1 or 2 minutes less for al dente).

  • Step 3

    Strain the pasta through a colander and let cool on a large baking tray. Add a little olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking.

  • Step 4

    Set aside a 1/4 cup of each of the three cheeses to sprinkle on top at the end.

  • Step 5

    Place the cooled pasta in a mixing bowl, and add the mornay sauce, chipotle, diced smoked ham and 3/4 cup of each cheese. Mix all the ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Step 6

    Divide mixture into baking dish. Sprinkle cheese and bread crumbs on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until the top starts to look golden brown and melted. Serve immediately.

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Mac and Cheese

The Carbon Bar

Easy

The Carbon Bar's Mac and Cheese

from The Carbon Bar

Robin Winship

Robin Winship

The Carbon Bar's Mac and Cheese

Yields:

Serves 6

Prep Time:

0 hours 15 mins

Cook Time:

0 hours 35 mins

5.0

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American

Main Dishes

Ingredients

Mac and Cheese

  • 400g cavatappi pasta

  • 1 L Mornay sauce (see recipe below)

  • 1 cup grated gruyère cheese

  • 1 cup grated aged cheddar

  • 1 cup grated mozzarella

  • 2 cups smoked diced ham

  • 2 tsp canned chipotle puree

  • 1 cup of dry bread crumbs

  • Salt, to taste

  • Black pepper, to taste

Mornay Sauce

  • 100 mL all-purpose flour

  • 100 mL unsalted butter

  • 1.2 L whole milk

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 1 cup grated gruyère cheese

  • 1 cup grated aged cheddar

  • 1 tbsp kosher salt

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Method

Mornay Sauce 3 Steps

  • Step 1

    To make the roux, melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pot, then add the flour and mix until well incorporated. Continue cooking the mixture on low heat for about five minutes, making sure to stir the roux every few minutes. The roux should be blonde in colour.

  • Step 2

    Heat up the milk separately in a small pot with the bay leaves, peppercorns and thyme. Steep for 10 minutes at a low simmer. Remove the whole spices and herbs and gradually stream the milk into the pot with the cooked roux, stirring constantly with a whisk until all the milk has been incorporated.

  • Step 3

    Continue to cook the sauce gently until it thickens, stirring every few minutes with a wooden spoon to prevent burning on the bottom of the pot. Mix in the cheeses until melted and add the salt (adjust for seasoning). Set aside.

Mac and Cheese 6 Steps

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Step 2

    Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to the package instructions (usually 1 or 2 minutes less for al dente).

  • Step 3

    Strain the pasta through a colander and let cool on a large baking tray. Add a little olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking.

  • Step 4

    Set aside a 1/4 cup of each of the three cheeses to sprinkle on top at the end.

  • Step 5

    Place the cooled pasta in a mixing bowl, and add the mornay sauce, chipotle, diced smoked ham and 3/4 cup of each cheese. Mix all the ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Step 6

    Divide mixture into baking dish. Sprinkle cheese and bread crumbs on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until the top starts to look golden brown and melted. Serve immediately.

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Stay At Home

Toronto Recipes

Mac and Cheese

The Carbon Bar