A Sophisticated Mac and Cheese Recipe

We ate this on our trip several times and I just had to recreate it.

I doubled the recipe so I had enough to share with friends but I will give you the single recipe. Dice 3-4 shallots. Mince 3 cloves of garlic.

Dice 2 cups of tasso ham.

You can either use a roasted chicken or cook some chicken breasts. I sprinkled mine with rotisserie seasoning and cooked them on a griddle pan. Cut them into small cubes.

Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a heavy pot.

Saute' the shallots and garlic in the butter and then add 6 tablespoons of flour. Whisk this until the floury flavor cooks off.

Add some salt and pepper to taste and 5 cups of milk. Whisk until it thickens enough to coat a spoon.

Shred a bunch of fresh basil and set aside.

Add 2 cups of grated Parmesan cheese.

Add 3 cups of shredded smoked Mozzarella cheese.

Whisk this in until it melts.

Add the diced tasso.

Add the chicken.

Mix in 1 pound of penne cooked to al dente. Mix in the basil and about 10 diced oven roasted tomatoes (recipe on my sidebar). Top with panko mixed with melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until breadcrumbs turn golden.

This is some seriously good mac and cheese. A lot is happening in each bite. You can also add peas if you like but I am not pea friendly when it comes to mac and cheese.



Guillaume said…
Oh if only there wasn't any ham!
Barbara F. said…
You need to publish a cookbook, absolutely. The title could be "Octoberfarm", even if you self-publish and sell on your blog! You are some "dayum" good cook. xo
Anonymous said…
Now that's the way to make mac n cheese!
Now this is some serious Mac & Cheese! I'll be right over for a bowl. I want a piece of that No Knead Harvest bread also. Mine is not cool enough to cut yet.
Anonymous said…
That is probably the most luxurius mac and cheese I´ve ever seen :-) :-) This is a must do!

Have a great day!
Pricilla said…
Mmmmm, that looks yummy!
I am not a pea fan period. heh
Anonymous said…
oh my gosh Beverly said she was making that bread,, she did! This is some serious mac and cheese and I for one am trying this,, I'm not sure what Tazzo ham is but I'll wing it,
Marigold said…
Gee, I wish I was your neighbor. Does Teddy like goats?
I am not a Mac & Cheese gal. But I must admit this looks good. This is definitely a jazzed up version worth trying.
SharleneT said…
If there's pasta, I want to know how to do it. This is serious mac 'n' cheese and going into my repertoire. I could taste it as you fixed it. Yummy! Gotta do it; gotta do it! What is Tazzo ham?
Lois said…
When a recipe calls for peas, I often leave them out even though I like peas. I think it was growing up in the 70s and for some reason they threw peas into every casserole, and as a kid, it wasn't always a welcome surprise. Looks delish!