Friday, January 16, 2009

Grown Up Mac and Cheese

Gluten Free Horseradish Mac and Cheese with Bacon. Oh Yeah!! This was my first time attempting this recipe and it was SO much easier than I thought! The crisp bacon in the creamy sauce is perfect and I love the subtle flavor from the scallions. I've seen other renditions of this recipe and some folks say to serve it with pickles... We didn't eat it with pickles, but I do think that this would pair perfectly with Jill's Mustard Breaded Pork chops.

You'll need:

1 bag gluten free pasta (I used Tinkyada Penne)
8-10 slices bacon
3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. gluten free flour (I used Gluten Free Pantry Beth's Gluten Free All Purpose)
2 1/2 cups milk (I used local Organic milk)
2 1/2 cups extra-sharp white cheddar cheese (I used Tillamook)
2 tbsp. prepared Horseradish (I used 3 tbsp.)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 scallions finely chopped scallions

I started the salted boiling water first and started frying up the bacon. Alex manned the bacon station, while I prepped the cheese and Parrish chopped the veggies. Cook the bacon until crisp and then crumble and set aside. Cook the pasta until al dente and then set aside. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in 2 tbsp. of flour and cook for one minute. Then whisk in your milk. I had to turn the heat up a bit, because want the sauce to cook down into a thick sauce. Season with salt and pepper. I seasoned with Crazy Salt. Once the sauce is thick, turn your heat off and toss in 2 cups of the shredded cheese. Stir to combine. Then stir in the horseradish and the crumbled bacon. Pour the sauce over the noodles and stir well to coat. Pour the saucey noodles into a casserole dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle the parsley and scallions on top and lastly the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Broil the top until bubbly and brown.

Parrish and Alex loved this recipe and so did I! Horseradish is so yummy! I'm having the leftovers today for lunch, I'll let you know if it reheats well!

UPDATE: This is my first recipe that I submitted for The Gluten Free Homemaker's "What's for Dinner Wednesday?". Want to see more? Click here.


Nicole said...

I'm excited for you to be able to have such a delicious GF cupcake from Babycakes! They have tons of other really delicious looking treats too. Have fun in NYC!

Meg said...

Love this recipe. I have never heard of horseradish in mac and cheese!

H.Peter said...

That is a really intersting twist to add horse radish.

The image looks very enticing to make some GF pasta tonight. Carbonara maybe?

Marlow said...

Nicole- NYC was SO MUCH fun!!

Meg- Horseradish is good in almost everything!!

H.Peter- Thanks! I love to make a horseradish dipping sauce for sweet potato fries :)

Anonymous said...

Ohh, I love horseradish and mac and cheese. I see this in my future.

Linda said...

I admit I am not a fan of horseradish, but the rest of it sounds sooo good.

Gina said...

I love horseradish! I love bacon! This sounds amazing. Thanks for the recipe!

JoAnn said...

Truly grown-up mac and sounds intriguing! I'll have to give it a try.

Anonymous said...

Will have to wait for "date night" but my hubby and I would like this! Thanks!

1artsychick said...

this is more than just mac and cheese you should give it a special name!! it sounds yummy!

thewholegang said...

Wow, that looks great. Wish I could eat dairy. Love how you find new ways to use ingredients!