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Grillville Mac & Cheese

This Little Goat went to Grillville
  • This Little Goat went to Grillville

yields

6 servings

time

40 minutes

active time

20 minutes

ingredients

 

1 lb. dried Cavatappi, Rotini or other corkscrew pasta

Kosher salt 

Cooking oil, such as canola or vegetable oil

1/2 cup (1 stick) + 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided 

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3 cups whole milk

1 cup half-and-half

3 1/2 cups freshly-grated sharp cheddar cheese

2 1/2 cups freshly-grated Gruyere cheese 

6 tsp This Little Goat went to Grillville, divided  

1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed (about 1 1/2 cups cracker crumbs), or Panko breadcrumbs

 

instructions

eaPreheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a large baking dish or oven-safe skillet with cooking oil or melted butter. Set aside. 

Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water for 1 minute less than directed for al dente. Drain and toss with a drizzle of oil to prevent the pasta from sticking. Return to the pot and set aside. 

Mix together the cheddar and Gruyere cheeses. 

Melt 1 stick of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour until combined. Let cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking to combine. Once smooth, slowly whisk in the half-and-half. Continue cooking & whisking until well combined and smooth. 

Remove from the heat and, working in small batches (about ½ cup at a time), stir in about 3 cups of the cheese mixture. Continue until all 3 cups of cheese has melted and the mixture is smooth. Lastly, whisk in 4 teaspoons Grillville spice and 1 teaspoon salt. Season sauce to taste with additional Grillville spice and salt, as desired. 

Toss the cooked pasta with the warm cheese sauce. Pour half of the cheesy pasta into the prepared baking dish or skillet. Top with half of the reserved cheese (1 1/2 cups) followed by the remaining pasta. Top with the remaining cheese. 

Melt the remaining 2 Tablespoons butter. Mix melted butter with the crushed Ritz crackers and remaining 2 teaspoons Grillville spice until well combined. Sprinkle the cracker crumb mixture over your mac & cheese.

Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and the top begins to turn golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.

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