Macaroni and cauliflower cheese bake.

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you can either serve this macaroni unbaked so its loose, goey and silky or bake it under the broiler for a few ninutes before serving to give it a crispy golden toping. You could even try adding a grated hard boiled egg or cooked prawns, but I like the simple style as here.
1/2 a head of cauliflower
8 ounces cheddar cheese
4 ounces parmesan cheese
a small bunch of italian parsley
sea salt
1 pound dried macaroni (elbow)
1 cup creme fraiche our sour cream
1. Remove the outer green leaves from cauliflower and discard. Slice teh end of the cauliflower stalk. Cut the head into small florets. Halve the thick stalk length wise and slice thinly. Grate the cheddar and parmesan into a large heatproof bowl. Finely chop the parsely stalks and leaves.
2. Brink a large pan of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and all of your cauliflower and cook according to the macaroni package instructions. Place the bowl of cheese over the sauce pand and add the creme fraiche. Carefully stir every so often until the cheese is smooth and melted. If the water boils up beneath the bowl just turn down the heat slightly.
3. Add all of the chopped parsley to the melted cheese and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Carefully remove the bowl of cheese using a towel and put aside.
4. drain the macaroni in a colander over a bowl reserving the cooking water. Return pasta to the pan, pour melted cheese and stir. It should have a lovely, silky consistency but if its too thick for you add a spash of your cooking water to thin it out a bit.
5. At this point you can either serve the macaroni as is or finishi it under the broiler to make it crispy and bolden on top. To do this, preheat your broiler to a medium hight heat. Add 2/3 cup of the reserved cooking water to the macaroni, stir in, then transfer to a baking dish. Place under the broiler until golden and bubbling
6. Divid ehte pasta between plates or bowls or place the baking dish in the middle of the table nex to a nice green salad and let everyone help themselves

sherri evangelisto

Member since Mar 2007

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