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    Sunday, September 06, 2009

    Yes - The Best Macaroni Cheese - Thank you Delia Smith

    Of course Delia is right. How can I question her!
    I saw her make this recipe earlier this year and gave it a go.
    I did something wrong, as it was too dry and I really wasn't impressed...probably overcooked it.
    Anyway, I saw it on TV again this morning and thought, let's give it another go, she made it look so appetizing.
    I am so pleased I did.
    Yes, Thank God, or should I say Delia..it is fantastic Mac and Cheese.
    The sauce was so light, just melted in your mouth just like a real souffle.
    The macaroni cooked to perfection.

    I thought this would be perfect for Ruth of Once Upon a Feast.
    She started Presto Party Night 129 weeks ago. Bloggers from all over submit recipes to her weekly event. This week is it being hosted by Rachel of The Crispy Cook
    The round up will be at the end of the week. So if you are wanting new pasta recipes have a look at http://www.prestopastanights.com.
    Some hints
    Don't over boil the Macaroni...it is getting a second bake.
    Heat the dish first
    Only cook it for 12 minutes.

    Pre heat the oven to 200C
    You will need a medium gratin dish, lightly greased

    So here we go.
    175 gm Macaroni
    75 gms Mascarpone
    50 gms Gruyere grated
    50 gms Parmesan grated Buy the best Parmesan it's worth it.



    Bechamel Sauce
    30 gms butter
    1 medium onion finely chopped
    30 gms flour
    300 mls milk
    1 bayleaf

    1/4 whole nutmeg grated fresh
    Sea salt
    Freshly ground black pepper


    2 large eggs separated

    First make the Bechamel Sauce
    Melt the butter
    Add the chopped onion
    Sweat till translucent
    Season with salt and pepper
    Add flour
    Mix well

    Meanwhile heat the milk with the bayleaf, use the microwave so simple.
    Add to the roux.
    Stir well till lumps disappear.

    Add grated nutmeg
    Test for seasonings, adjust if necessary.

    Cook the flour out for a few minutes.
    If it is too thick, add a little more milk.

    Add Mascarpone, Gruyere, and half of the Parmesan
    Then add the eggs yolks, lightly beaten
    Mix well.

    Place gratin dish into oven to get it hot.

    In a big pot, bring plenty of salted water to the boil
    Cook macaroni for 6 minutes only and drain.

    Add to cheese sauce

    Beat eggs whites, till soft peaks.
    Fold into Macaroni mix.

    Remove Gratin Dish from the oven
    Pour Macaroni mixture into it.
    You can see how "souffleish" it is.
    Sprinkle over the remainder of the Parmesan
    Into the oven
    Bake for just 12 minutes
    Remove and serve

    I made a little mixed salad to accompany it.
    It was sensational.

    8 comments:

    Ruth Daniels said...

    Sounds heavenly. I bet even my finicky two & a half year old grandson will eat the plate clean. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

    Rachel said...

    Scrumptious! I enjoyed prowling around your blog.

    Joanne said...

    That looks like cheese-tastic heaven! You've got some good stuff in there.

    So Simple said...

    Thanks ladies, it is a keeper.
    cheers

    Amateur Cook said...

    The best macaroni and cheese? Oh please!

    So Simple said...

    Hi Amateur Cook it is pretty good.
    I have another on my blog with the addition of scallops for a bit of luxury. But on my second go of this, we really enjoyed it.

    Anonymous said...

    How many will this recipe serve? 4?

    So Simple said...

    Anonymous 3 greedy and 4 with a salad