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Sweet Onion Mac and Cheese with Croutons

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Rach's Sweet Onion Mac and Cheese with Croutons
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Serves: 2-3
 
Ingredients
  • ½ LB whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • Croutons: pinch cayenne
  • pinch basil
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1 T Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 T olive oil
  • 1 C cubed bread (1" cubes)
  • Pasta: 1 T olive oil
  • 1 onion (or a few spring onions), diced
  • 1 T fresh oregano and basil (or whatever herbs you think would taste nice together), chopped
  • 1 T honey
  • 5 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 T flour
  • ½ C yogurt
  • ½ to 1 C pasta water
  • ½ C cauliflower, pureed
  • 1-2 C grated cheese (mixture of any: Parmesan, Monterey Jack, Sharp Cheddar, Mozzarella)
  • to taste Salt
  • to taste pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 C Milk
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta.
  2. Prepare croutons: Combine basil, cayenne,salt and pepper, and Parmesan with a bit of olive oil. Pour over cubed bread. Bake at 350 F for 10-20 minutes, or until toasty, flipping once halfway through.
  3. While pasta and croutons are cooking: Heat a medium-sized skillet and add 1 T olive oil. Add onions and cook over med-heat for about 5 minutes. Add herbs; 2 min; add honey; cook until onions are soft; add garlic; 1 min (don't let the garlic burn!).
  4. Add flour; whisk in; 30 sec; add milk; whisk in; add yogurt; whisk in; add pasta water; whisk in; add cauliflower, whisk in; let it thicken, but do not boil.
  5. Turn heat to very low and add cheese; whisk in (whisking like a figure-8). Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  6. Pour cheese sauce over pasta and combine.
  7. Serve topped with croutons and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
Notes
May 14, 2010

 

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