Friday, January 7, 2011

Four Cheese Macaroni


Warning: If you do not absolutely LOVE cheese, you should probably just come back tomorrow and skip this post, because this is ALL cheese, with a little bit of macaroni :)  However, I promise, if you keep reading, your taste buds will thank you later. Intrigued, aren't you?

Ok, so here is the recipe.  It comes from a cookbook I received with my Le Creuset mini cocottes.  I have adapted the recipe to bake in an 8x8" pan, rather than 4 mini cocottes (have you clicked on the link yet? They are adorable! I have them in red) The four cheeses in this recipe are a beautiful medley of unique flavor.  It is to die for!

Ingredients:

1 box of macaroni (or shells)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup heavy cream
4 oz Fontina cheese
4 oz gorgonzola cheese
4 oz parmigiano reggiano + more to sprinkle overtop noodles
4 oz marscapone cheese 
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425. Pour box of macaroni into a boiling pot of water and let cook for 1 minute.  Drain noodles and wash with cold water to stop cooking.  Return to pot and sprinkle with olive oil to prevent sticking.  Add butter to sauce pot and allow to melt.  


Add cream and  four cheese.  You can add them in any order you like.  I add the harder cheese (fontina first)




Next goes the gorgonzola...yum!  This is the cheese that gives the macaroni its unique and refreshing flavor.






In goes the parmigiano. Beautiful!






And finally the marscapone, which will soften and slightly sweeten the taste of the gorgonzola.






Allow all cheeses to melt while stirring constantly to prevent burning.  Pour the cheese over the macaroni and stir until completely coated.* Place in a greased 8x8 pan (I used a pie pan). Cook in oven for 10-15 minutes, until macaroni begins to brown on top.  Allow the dish to cool for 5 minutes before serving.  Finally, prepare to get tons of compliments on your delicious, unique, fabulous 4 cheese and macaroni! 








Cook's notes:
* With this recipe, I sometimes have a little bit of sauce left over.  You don't want the macaroni to be floating in the cheese, you just want a nice even coating. 


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1 comment:

  1. I will make this for John - convinced he <3 cheese more than he <3 me!

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