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Macaroni and Cheese for Adults

Linda had the pleasure of taking a few days off from her "real" job during the recent holiday season, so that means we have been reaping the benefits of her having some time to pursue one of her favorite hobbies, new recipes and cooking. And we have been eating quite well of late. The diet really does have to begin soon.

We must give credit for the idea behind this dish to a similar recipe Linda saw in Bon Appètit. Linda often talked about the idea of a multiple cheese and macaroni dish, but we didn't usually have the variety of cheeses on hand when it sounded good. Well, times have changed! Our refrigerator at home looks like a slightly smaller version of the cheese case here at the store. So here is Linda's version of Macaroni and Cheese.

Serves 4


3/4 pound medium size pasta — we used penne (rigatoni would also work well)

For the basic white sauce:

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons flour
About 2 cups of warm milk (I used a 75/25 blend of 1% with half & half to richen it, but have made white sauce with only 1% many times — believe it or not, we do try to watch fat content!)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
A few grates of a whole nutmeg
3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar
1/2 cup grated Gruyère
2 to 3 ounces of Couturier goat cheese (I used the 4 pepper blend)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta in boiling water to al dente consistency. While pasta is cooking, melt butter over medium-high heat in medium-size sauce pan. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is foamy for about a minute or so. Don't overcook, or you will get to start this process over again! Add the warm milk and stir until thickened. (You may need to turn the heat up a little). Stir in the salt and white pepper. Turn heat to low, and add cheeses to melt. When melted, stir in well-drained pasta.

Put into a baking dish, and bake in oven for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until it starts to get a little crusty on top. Break up the croutons slightly, and sprinkle on top. Bake another 5 minutes.