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Deluxe Mac ‘n’ Cheese With Short Rib and Truffle

Servings:

serving time3-4

Ingredients

  • 1 short rib

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 cups beef stock

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 2 sprigs of thyme

  • 1/2 stick butter

  • 1/4 cup flour

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup Gruyere, grated

  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated, plus a handful to top

  • 3 cups cavatappi pasta, cooked al dente

  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs

  • Small handful parsley

  • Small handful thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Black truffle, to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Brown the short rib in a hot pan with vegetable oil. Transfer to an oven dish, and add the stock, garlic and thyme. Tightly seal the dish with foil and cook for 4 hours. Remove the foil for the last 20 minutes, or until crisped.

  2. Preheat the oven to broil. Butter a baking dish.

  3. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the flour, and cook for one minute while stirring. Gradually add the milk, beating well after each addition to avoid lumps. Add a generous amount of black pepper, the grated Gruyere and half the Parmesan. Cook until the cheese has melted, then turn off the heat and add in the cooked pasta. Pick the meat from the short rib and add to the pan, then mix it all together.

  4. Transfer the macaroni to the baking dish and top with the remaining Parmesan.

  5. Put the breadcrumbs, thyme, parsley, salt and olive oil into a food processor and pulse a few times until mixed through. Sprinkle on top of the pasta. Grill for 5 to 10 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. Leave to rest for a few minutes before shaving the truffle on top, then serve.

Deluxe Mac ‘n’ Cheese With Short Rib and Truffle

Mac ‘n’ Cheese With Pancetta, Whole Grain Mustard, Cherry Tomatoes

Servings:

serving time3-4

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces diced pancetta

  • 1/4 stick butter

  • 1/4 cup flour

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

  • 2 cups grated cheddar, plus a handful to top

  • 2 1/2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked al dente

  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to broil. Butter a baking dish. Saute the pancetta in a large pan until crispy and golden brown. Remove pancetta, leaving the fat in the pan. Add the butter and let it melt. Add the flour, and cook for one minute while stirring. Gradually add the milk, beating well after each addition to avoid lumps. Add the salt, pepper and mustard, then the grated cheese. Cook until the cheese has melted, then add in the cooked pasta and mix together.

  2. Transfer the macaroni to the baking dish and top with the remaining handful of grated cheese. Arrange the halved cherry tomatoes on top then grill for 5 to 10 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. Allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Mac ‘n’ Cheese With Pancetta, Whole Grain Mustard, Cherry Tomatoes

Classic Mac 'n' Cheese

Servings:

serving time3-4

Ingredients

  • 1/4 stick butter

  • 1/4 cup flour

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

  • 2 cups grated cheddar, plus a handful to top

  • 3 cups macaroni, cooked al dente

  • Chives, to top

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to broil. Butter a baking dish. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, and cook for one minute while stirring. Gradually add the milk, beating well after each addition to avoid lumps. Add the salt, pepper and mustard powder, then the grated cheese. Cook until the cheese has melted, then add in the cooked pasta and mix together.

  2. Transfer the macaroni to the oven dish and top with the remaining handful of grated cheese. Place in oven for 5 to 10 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. Sprinkle with chopped chives and serve.

Classic Mac 'n' Cheese
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