The Boy has had a craving for mac and cheese for ages and ages and he has been asking for it. I finally caved a few nights ago and made it for him.
The thing that I did not like about the mac and cheese recipes that I was finding was that I had to make a roux. I do not like the idea of making a roux and it seems rather intimidating to me - very easy to get it wrong.
Anyhow, I went searching in the interwebs and found a recipe for the cheese sauce for the mac and cheese that could be done in the Thermomix. Hooray! No making roux for me. However, if you don't have a Thermomix, here's a recipe that would work. It's actually very similar to the recipe that I used for my cheese sauce, except this one requires you to make a roux.
This likely won't apply to anyone who does not have a Thermomix, but here's what I did:
RECIPE for the cheese sauce:
- 60g butter
- 50g plain flour
- 750g milk
- 120g cheddar cheese
- 80g Parmesan cheese
- Put Parmesan in thermomix and grate on speed 8 for 10 seconds. Set aside
- Place cheddar cheese in bowl and grate for 10 seconds on speed 8. Set aside
- Make sauce by placing butter, flour and milk into thermomix bowl and cooking at 90 degrees for 12 minutes on speed 4
Of course, even with the Thermomix I did not follow the recipe exactly. I made the roux exactly as the recipe stated and also the sauce, but then with with the cheeses, I also had a little bit of leftover Pecorino cheese in the fridge, so I grated that up as well. It made for a very cheesy sauce.
I also had some butter mushrooms leftover from breakfast a few mornings ago, so I ditched the sauce from that and added the mushrooms into the mix.
For the pasta, I boiled water and added some salt. After that, I added 250g of elbow pasts and boiled that for exactly 8 minutes for an al dente pasta. I drained the pasta and put it back into the pot I cooked it in.
Once the pasta was back in the pot and still hot (ha ha ... that rhymes! the silliest things amuse me!) I added the sauce and mixed in the cheese progressively.
After that, I added salt and pepper to taste. I used quite a bit of pepper to balance out the cheesiness of the sauce.
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