Baked Mac & Cheese

What do you do with a mound of cheese?  Make a melty cheeeeesy dinner.  Obviously.  Cheese.  I don’t think I have expressed my love for cheese before.  Which is shocking.  Because I love cheese.  Like, really a lot.  The best kind of cheese?  The melted kind.  Seriously.  Any cheese melted over anything makes it immediately 900% better.  Mmmm.  Melty.  I think I have stumbled across something truly amazing.  Like, I-can-now-stop- searching-because- I-found-the- Holy-Grain-amazing.  What, you ask could make me speak in hyperbole about a simple cheese-laden dish?  One word: nutmeg.  I’m just a teeny bit obsessed with nutmeg. It has always been a stable in the fall/holiday baking adventures, but combining it with meat?  Genius.

Mac & Cheese is the ultimate feel-good meal and typically I favor some boxed version.  But when you have leftover Italian prosciutto, you know, from a real Italian market, you get a little creative.  Thank you creativity, for providing the tastiest, cheesiest meal on a wintery night.

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Baked Mac & Cheese

5-6 servings– or 3-4 normal helpings

Ingredients
½ box of pasta (any variety, but I prefer farfalle or cellentani)
2-3 tbsp. unsalted butter
⅓ Cup of Whole Milk
4-6 slices prosciutto, sliced thinly
1 Cup colby cheese, shredded
½ Cup smoked gouda, shredded
½ Cup greyure cheese, shredded
2 tsp ground nutmeg
salt + pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • cook pasta as indicated on box
  • shred cheese as pasta is cooking, you can use any three varieties (or more) but I like to stick to three so the flavors don’t overwhelm each other and you have a nice well-balanced flavor.
  • after pasta is cooked, drain and rinse, then place in square, glass or ceramic baking dish
  • Add butter mix until melted
  • Begin adding in prosciutto and mix until well incorporated
  • Finally, add cheese, making sure each variety is evenly distributed evenly, creating a nice layering in the baking dish.  Add nutmeg and mix one more time to ensure there is cheese, prosciutto, and nutmeg evenly throughout.
  • Save some cheese — about ¼ C. in total — for sprinkling on top, add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bake for 20-25 mins, or until top is bubbling and cheese has browned a bit.

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