Mac + Cheese

INGREDIENTS

  • 16oz. fresh noodle
  • 8oz. Cream
  • 2 oz. mascarpone
  • 2 1 oz. grated parmesan
  • 2 oz. Fontina
  • Kosher salt or table salt

KITCHEN TOOLS

  • 6 qt. Pot
  • Large sauté pan
  • Metal tongs or cooking spoon
  • Pasta strainer or basket

PREP INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: “Fluff pasta” - loosen up noodles with fingers before cooking.

STEP 2: Fill 6 qt. pot 2/3 of the way with water.

STEP 3: Heat water over high heat, bring to a rolling boil. (Save a little pasta water after you are done cooking pasta, you may need it for the sauce.)

STEP 4: Add 2 T Kosher salt to boiling water. Water should be salty like the sea.

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: Heat cream in large sauté pan and cook on high heat until it begins to simmer. Once the cream begins to simmer, reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 2-3 minutes stirring as the cream reduces. Reduce cream by half.

STEP 2: Reduce heat to low, add fontina, 1 oz. grated parmesan and mascarpone one cheese at a time stirring constantly to ensure the cheese melts into sauce. Turn off heat.

STEP 3: Drop pasta into boiling salted water and give a quick stir to keep from sticking. Cook pasta for 2-3 minutes or until desired al dente.

STEP 4: When pasta has finished cooking strain and add to sauté pan. Toss or stir your noodles into sauce until all noodles are coated.

STEP 5: If pasta appears to be dry or sauce is too thick you may add a few tablespoons of pasta water.

STEP 6: Add salt and pepper to taste.

STEP 7: Transfer your pasta to serving dish and garnish with grated parmesan.

STEP 8: Enjoy your pasta!

WINE PAIRING

A great holiday wine is Lambrusco. Most Lambrusco is produced in the Emilia-Romangna region of Italy. Look for a frizzante, which is slightly sparkling. While Lambrusco is red it is light and effervescent and pairs well with holiday meals.

CONVERSATION STARTERS

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