OMG!, caught DDD on the Food Network with Kid Rock, and being the lover of mac 'n cheese that I am, I tried it! With only one addition, *crack'ln (whole pork belly cubed and pan fried until krispy) like you'd use in crack'ln corn bread...It's toungue slap your brains out kinda mac n cheese. They make it in large quantity for the Wood Shop, but I broke it down to serve the small fam. Here it is for those interested;
1 box pene pasta cooked
1 C milk
1/2 C heavy cream
1 tsp. each of Sea salt and pepper
1/2 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
Bring to rapid roll and begin the roux by sauteeing;
6 tblsp of butter (more or less, your choice)
1 diced onion
1 1/2 tblsp of pureed garlic
Sautee' for 4 - 6 minutes, combine with milk mixture, and then add;
1 1/2 to 2 C parm cheese (I use Locatelli parm 'cause it's f'n awesome!)
Now chill this mixture. Add chilled mix to pasta and pour half of it into a baking dish, I used a 9 x 13 casserole, top that with good sliced yellow cheddar, add the other half of the mac mix and top with shredded sharp white cheddar and bake 400 for 25 to 30. If the top did not brown to your liking, turn on the broiler and brown it to your liking.
*Crack'ln ~ Add when you combine the pasta and cheese sauce together, prior to baking. Enjoy!!
Best of All Things,