After putting together a super tasty Tex-Mex mac and cheese, I wanted to make something a little more traditional, but still with a twist. I found a recipe for sharp cheddar mac and cheese that's infused with sauteed leeks. Leeks are a cousin to the onion family; however, they're much more subtle, sweet, and earthy. The sharp cheddar cheese complements the complexity of the leeks.
The leftovers of this mac and cheese are even better because the flavors have more time to mingle and develop. The next time I make this dish, I plan on crumbling bacon over the top — it would take this recipe to a whole new heavenly level. If you're ready for the next mac attack, keep reading! Adapted from Bon Appétit Ingredients 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter Directions Serves 6-8.
Sharp Cheddar Mac and Cheese With Sauteed Leeks
5 cups chopped leeks (white and pale green parts only; about 5 large)
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 1/2 cups whole milk
1 pound extra-sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (about 4 cups packed)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 large eggs
1 pound penne pasta
Adapted from Bon Appétit
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter