Saturday, April 18, 2009

RR's Macaroni and Cheese with Ham

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
Salt
1 pound cavatappi (hollow corkscrew shaped pasta) or other short cut pasta
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cups whole milk
Freshly ground black pepper
A few grates nutmeg
1 cup shredded Gruyere
1 cup shredded white sharp Cheddar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 pound French ham, deli sliced, finely chopped

Directions
Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil, drop in pasta. Cook pasta to just shy of al dente.

Heat sauce pot with butter over medium heat, whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute, whisk in stock then milk, allow the sauce to thicken, and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stir in cheeses in a figure eight motion. Stir in Dijon and ham and remove the sauce from heat. Drain pasta and combine with sauce.

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