Sunday Recipe

Sunday, November 14, 2010

For Italians, Sunday revolves around two things...FAMILY and FOOD! Throughout my childhood my family would always gather around the table on Sundays to eat, talk, and just be together. I can still remember waking up excited every Sunday morning, my dad would hand me a $20 bill and I'd walk to the Dunkin' Doughnuts that was on the corner about a block away. I'd come home with the doughnuts and me, my mom, my dad, my brother Seb, and even my aunts would just sit around and chat all morning. Finally, it would be time for dinner and we'd eat some good food. Such fond memories.

In honor of today being a totally relaxing Sunday for me, I'm going to share with you a hearty Fall/Winter recipe. This is what my love and I are having for dinner tonight and it is delish! Pair it with a salad and you're good to go! It really is that filling. Be sure to bake it in a super cute dish like mine :)

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Miss Cuddlefish's Oh-So-Delicious Mac and Cheese
(Note:  I wasn't going for healthy here!)

Butter, for greasing dish
12 ounces pasta (Barilla medium shells)
1 cup heavy cream
1.5 cups milk
2 teaspoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups fontina cheese
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley
8-10 Keebler Town House crackers (optional but I suggest it)

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Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Butter a glass baking dish and set aside
Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water until tender - drain
Whisk the cream, milk, flour, salt and pepper in a bowl
Stir in 1 cup of fontina, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup Parmesan, and parsley
Add the pasta and toss to coat
Transfer the pasta to your prepared baking dish
(Optional:  crush your Town House crackers in a Ziploc bag. Melt some butter in a small fry pan over low heat. Then, add the crushed crackers to the butter and wait until they begin to brown)
Toss remaining 1 cup fontina, 1/4 cup mozzarella, and 1/4 cup of Parmesan in a small bowl
Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the pasta mixture
(Sprinkle your browned crackers on top of your mac and cheese)
Cover and bake until the sauce bubbles, about 20 minutes
Uncover and bake for 5 more minutes

It should look like this:

Prep time:  25 minutes
Total time:  50 minutes