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Macaroni and Cheese

Serve this classic, highlighted by goat cheese and scallions, as a main course or a side dish.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 1996

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more for the casserole
  • 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 5 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups grated sharp yellow cheddar
  • 2 cups grated sharp white cheddar
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 20 scallions, white and light-green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 5 ounces fresh goat cheese

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter a 2-quart casserole. Set aside. Cook macaroni in a large pot of boiling water according to package instructions. Drain, rinse with cool water to stop the cooking, and set aside.

  2. Warm milk in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Melt butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes, or until mixture is thick and smooth. Whisking constantly, gradually add warm milk. Cook over medium-low heat 8 to 10 minutes, whisking occasionally. Remove white sauce from heat; add salt, pepper, and cayenne.

  3. In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup each yellow and white cheddar and 1/4 cup Parmesan; set aside. Set aside 1 tablespoon scallions. Add remaining 1 3/4 cups of both cheddars and 3/4 cup Parmesan to warm white sauce. Stir well. Stir in remaining scallions, then the cooked macaroni. Add goat cheese in 1-inch pieces; fold gently to combine.

  4. Transfer mixture to casserole; top with reserved scallions and cheeses. Bake until golden brown and bubbling, 30 to 35 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Choose sharp, full-flavored cheeses to give this dish the most impact.

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