Mac & Cheese – Switch

  • 16 ounces dry penne pasta
  • olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, minced
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp chedder cheese
  • 2 cups shredded whole milk american cheese
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch turmeric (optional)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  1. cook pasta, rinse in cold water and toss with few drops of olive oil.
  2. melt butter in a large pot over medium heat
  3. sweat the minced onions in the butter until they’re soft, not browned
  4. whisk in flour a little at a time to make a roux and cook about 3 minutes
  5. whisk in the milk a little at a time and bring mixture to a simmer
  6. as mixture thickens add cheese a little at a time starting with:
  7. Cheddar, American then Monterey Jack
  8. season to taste with salt and white pepper
  9. add turmeric for color.
  10. mix in pasta.
  11. spoon into a buttered casserole dish.
  12. top with parmesan cheese and panko.
  13. bake at 350 for 20 minutes
serves 4-6


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