Anyhoo, Hot Toddy is away this weekend, leaving me all alone to cook for myself. All I could think about having for dinner tonight was a really gooey cheesey mac n cheese. So here's what I made:
Italian Stove-Top Mac & Cheese (adapted from the February 2012 Canadian Living)
2 tbsp butter
1 small onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 ripe hot house tomate, diced
2 tsp pesto sauce
2 cups uncooked macaroni
parmesan cheese for topping
In a small bowl, combine the tomato and pesto and set aside. Get a large pot of water boiling and cook the macaroni according to directions on package.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and cook the onion, garlic and seasonings, stirring occasionally until the onion is softened.
Sprinkle with flour and stir for about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk and then add the Dijon and salt; whisk until thickened, about 4 miutes. Stir in the cheddar cheese until smooth.
By now, the macaroni should be cooked - add it to your cheese sauce and stir.
Serve the cheesey loveliness topped with the tomato-pesto mixture and a sprinkle of parmesan and freshly cracked pepper.
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