Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mac - N - Smoked Gouda with Cauliflower

Here is a recipe that I tried just a couple of nights ago. It was a yummy twist on an old comfort food. My kids loved it and so did my toddler. It would be a great dinner served with a nice salad and some artisan bread.
I didn't have cauliflower on hand and so skipped that.... it was still a very soothing dish. I purchased my Gouda block from Costco - it will be enough for 3 or 4 go rounds on this recipe. Enjoy!

Recipe by Rachael Ray from the Food Network.

Coarse salt
1 pound elbow macaroni or cavatappi (corkscrew-shaped pasta)
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
3 cups whole milk
1 cup chicken stock or broth
3 cups shredded smoked Gouda
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Freshly ground black pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt to season the cooking water, then add the pasta. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the cauliflower and cook for 3 minutes more or until pasta is cooked al dente and the florets are just tender. Drain well and return to the pot.
While the pasta cooks, heat a medium sauce pot over medium-low heat. Add the extra-virgin olive oil and heat with the butter until it melts. Add the onions and cook for 3 to 5 minutes to sweat them out and turn the juices sweet. Raise the heat a bit, then whisk in the flour, cayenne, and paprika. Whisk together until the roux bubbles up, then cook for 1 minute more. Whisk in the milk and stock and raise the heat a bit higher to bring the sauce to a quick boil. Once it bubbles, drop the heat back to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the cheese to the thickened sauce and stir to melt it, a minute or so. Stir in the mustard and season the sauce with salt and pepper. Pour over the cauliflower and cooked pasta and toss to combine. Adjust the seasonings, transfer to a large platter, and serve.


Kelly said...

Oh I'm all for mac and cheese any way...and totally for skipping the cauliflower too...silly Rachel...trying to ruin perfectly good mac and cheese with vegetables. Ha!

Renea West said...

Wow,This sounds so good. I love Rachaels recipes.Yummy!

Karilee said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe! It sounds delish! We're Mac-n-Cheese addicts around here and this sounds like a great twist to try!
Believe it or not Hubs LOVES cauliflower, so I'll make sure to leave it in to get rave reviews. :)

Hazel Eye Beauty said...

Man, I should have stayed and had some!! You were just getting the noodles boiled when I left. Glad the kiddos loved it!