Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Mixed Greens
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Ingredients & Equipment
What we send
- 2 packetsunsalted butter
- 1/8 ounceparsley
- 1/4 cuppanko breadcrumbs
- 1 ouncegrated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoonflour
- 8 ouncesfusilli pasta
- 12 ouncesmilk
- 2 ouncesshredded Cheddar cheese
- 2 ouncesshredded Fontina cheese
- 1 ounceshredded Gruyère cheese
- 3 ouncesmixed greens
- 18" aluminum tin
What You’ll Need
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- 10" large pot
- 10" medium high-sided pan
- baking sheet
Prepare Ingredients and Make Breadcrumb Topping
Preheat oven to 450°F. Remove butter from refrigerator and place in a small bowl to come to room temperature. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Halve lemon. Rinse parsley, pat dry, and roughly chop leaves, discarding stems. In a separate small bowl, stir breadcrumbs, parsley, half of Parmesan, and 1 teaspoon olive oil to combine. Set aside.
Add flour to small bowl with butter and, using your fingers, knead together until fully blended to form a smooth paste. Set aside. Season pot of water generously with salt and stir in fusilli. Cook until very al dente, about 7 minutes, then drain and set aside (your pasta will finish cooking in the oven!).
While pasta cooks, in a medium high-sided pan, combine 1½ cups milk, ½ teaspoon salt and pepper over medium-high heat. Cook, whisking, until milk comes to a boil. Once boiling, whisk in butter and flour mixture until smooth and fully dissolved, 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium and whisk until sauce is thickened, 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in Cheddar, Fontina, Gruyère, and remaining Parmesan.
Assemble and Bake Mac and Cheese
Stir cooked fusilli into pan with cheese sauce to fully coat, then transfer pasta and sauce to aluminum tin. Place tin on a baking sheet, then evenly sprinkle breadcrumb topping over pasta. Bake mac and cheese until golden brown, 5-7 minutes.
While mac and cheese bakes, rinse mixed greens and pat dry. In a large bowl, whisk together juice of ½ lemon and 1 tablespoon olive oil, and season with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper as desired. Add mixed greens to bowl with dressing and toss to coat. Use remaining lemon to brighten a glass of water.
Plate Four Cheese Mac and Cheese
Divide four cheese mac and cheese between serving plates and serve with mixed greens. Dig in!