Sunday, June 7, 2009

Pasta Bianca

Macaroni and cheese. It's one of America's greatest contributions to the culinary world. This version from is a bit more upscale and Italian in nature. Who cares! It's macaroni and cheese and it's delicious. Give this a whirl next time you want to impress your guests and serve mac and cheese that's fit for a Queen.

Baked Pasta "Bianca" with Cream and Five Cheeses
Serves 4 to 6
(Recipe from On Top of Spaghetti)
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 to 1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup finely crumbled Gorgonzola
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano
2 T. mascarpone
1/2 cup chopped or shredded mozzarella
1/2 tsp. or more kosher salt
1 lb dried pasta (shells, penne, cavatappi, or your favorite)

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Bring a large bowl of water to a boil.

Combine the cream, 1/2 cup chicken stock, all the cheeses, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix well. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Set aside.

Generously salt boiling water and add pasta. Cook, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes. The pasta will be parboiled and too hard to eat; it cooks further in the oven. Drain the pasta and add to the mixing bowl, combining thoroughly with the cheese mixture. If it seems too thick, add more chicken stock until the pasta moves freely and is surrounded by liquid.

Transfer to individual shallow baking dishes or 1 large shallow baking dish. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the pasta is bubbly hot. Serve right away.


Astra Libris said...

OH my goodness, this looks heavenly!! Seriously gorgeous!!

TonyM said...

Just my kind of dish!

Jen @ said...

Looks wonderful - I love gourmet mac and cheeses... and the combination of cheeses in this dish sound perfect! My hubby would love it.

The Duo Dishes said...

So much cheese! That's just how we like it.

AndreaQ said...

You had me with the picture of the crusty bread dipped into the pasta! Cheese, pasta and bread is heaven!

Victoria K. said...

You got that right, AndreaQ! Pure heaven :)

Anonymous said...

Funny, I was on my way back home and I was dreaming of Mac & Cheese ... Nice recipe!

nora@ffr said...

Gorgeous photo! This would be so good for lunch..right now. btw nice blog.. keep it up!!

Anonymous said...

Five cheeses sounds wonderful! Excellent recipe!

Victoria K. said...

Thanks so much!! Mac and cheese is easily one of my favorite dishes to make and to eat :) It's just the greatest combination!

Anonymous said...

oh yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

looks delicious victoria!

Alisa@Foodista said...

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Victoria K. said...

Thanks, everyone!! Alisa, I posted the widget on the main page... I don't know how to edit the html on each individual page, haha. I just use the guides and pray it works :)

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