Edamame Mac 'n' Cheese

Edamame Mac 'n' Cheese

Casey Corn

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This take on instant mac 'n' cheese uses pureed edamame and a simple cheese sauce for ultimate creaminess.

Edamame Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shelled edamame

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

  • 1 pound medium shell pasta

  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk

  • 1 cup Vermont white cheddar powder

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Blanch edamame in boiling, salted water for about 3 minutes, until tender but not overcooked. Drain and transfer to a small food processor or blender and add salt and pepper. Turn on blender and slowly pour in melted butter. Blend until pureed. Set aside.

  2. Cook pasta in boiling, salted water until 2 minutes before suggested cook time. In the meantime, whisk cheddar powder into the milk. When pasta is done, reserve 1/4 cup pasta water, then drain pasta and add back into pot.

  3. Over low heat, add butter, stirring until melted and pasta is coated, then add milk mixture and pasta water. Bring to a low simmer, and cook until sauce thickens, then add edamame puree to taste.

  4. Serve in bowls with Parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.

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- Today we're gonna be making edamame mac and cheese. Now I know it sounds a little bit weird, but it's gonna be great. Let's get started. We're gonna start with blanching our edamame really quickly. Got our nice pot of boiling water, edamame in. Just for a minute to cook through. You don't wanna overcook them or they'll start to taste funny, and then we'll scoop 'em out and throw 'em into the blender. We're just softening them up enough so that we can puree it. So, pull 'em out, and we're saving water today by using the same water for our pasta and our edamame. Alright. Edamames out, we're going straight into the food processor. We'll add a bit of salt. Bit a white pepper. There we go. And we'll blend. Ayyyy! Alright, and we'll slowly add butter to bring the puree together. Alright, while our puree is pureeing, we're gonna start cooking our pasta. So with our boiling water, again, I'm using shells, but you can use whatever you like. And cook. Okay, now that our puree is done, we're gonna set it aside until we're ready, and we're gonna make our cheese sauce. This is super, super easy. Milk, cheese. Add them together, and whisk. This is basically just a take on instant mac and cheese. We have that awesome white cheddar powder, and this is of course, fancy white cheddar powder. You wanna make sure there's no clumps, so whisk it well. And to this, we're just gonna add our puree and our pasta, and that's it. Alright, now that our cheese sauce is done, we're gonna strain our pasta and combine everything, so I'll just set this aside for one second. So we've strained our pasta into a colander and into a bowl, so we've reserved some of the starchy cooking liquid, and that's gonna help our sauce be really nice and thick. So, we'll grab a bowl to mix our pasta together. And, make sure that's not drippin' anymore. Add pasta into our bowl. We're gonna add just a little bit of our cooking liquid. Alright, and now it's time to mix the mac and cheese. Okay, so we've got our cheese sauce, so we'll add that in. And we've got our edamame puree. So we'll spoon some of that in as well. And you can add as much as you like of this. I like a lot. Alright, I'm just gonna mix this guy together. Mixing, mixing. Try to combine all the edamame and the cheese sauce together so every bite is beautiful. Alright, our mac and cheese is done, so we're gonna plate. So just go into a bowl to serve. And we're gonna finish it with some more edamame. Little bit of pepper. And of course, Parmesan cheese. Until you say when. And that is it, edamame mac and cheese. I'm gonna eat it. Mm, I know it sounds a little bit weird, but it's a great flavor combination so I hope you try it.

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