This was totally not intended to be blogged but when I tasted the Alfredo Sauce I made for the pasta I ran to my “goodies” cupboard and quickly set up the shot for this blog.
This was possibly the most gourmet Mac and Cheese I have ever made for any cookout potluck party! But it was sooooo good!
The Original Recipe is from 50 twists on Mac & Cheese (Variation #32: Garlic and Herb which was published earlier this year on the Food Network Magazine but you can now access it online).
Mods: I doubled the recipe since I was preparing it for 10 people as a side.
– 1 tub of washed and finely sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms
– 1 sliced green onion
– 1 extra tsp of scallions
– 3 tbsp unsalted butter
– 3 cups heavy cream and 1 cup 1% milk instead of the 4 cups heavy cream
– 1 heaping tbsp of corn starch mixed in 4 tbsp cold water (used to thicken sauce)
– Additional 1/2 cup of Parmesan added to recipe (plus more for sprinkling on top)
Sautee the mushrooms in 1 tbsp of butter (yes this recipe is not low cal 😉 )
I followed the basic recipe for “Alfredo Mac and Cheese” but I did not rub a large skillet with the garlic, I instead sauteed the minced garlic in the butter (do this even for the standard Alfredo Mac and Cheese Recipe, tastes nice and garlicy 🙂 ). The recipe says you need to simmer the sauce about 5 minutes but since I added 1 cup of milk instead of the last cup of cream, I added the corn starch mixture first then simmered for about 5 minutes until I got the desired creamy texture I wanted. I turned off the pan and added the herbs and mushrooms and stirred. When the pasta was ready, I reserved about 1 cup of the water and then added about 2 tbsp of butter to the pot. I tossed the pasta back in the pot with the butter, mixed the butter with the pasta and then poured in the sauce and continued to mix. I added water little by little until the sauce was not so thick. How much water you add will be up to you, I did not use the full cup.
You may transfer the pasta to a serving dish if you are making this for a party. Reserve some grated Parmesan Cheese to sprinkle on top when served.