Monday, October 5, 2009

Food Network Magazine's Three Cheese Macaroni

1 large egg (I used 3 tbsp egg beaters)
1 12 oz can evaporated whole milk
Pincg of cayenne pepper (I used cumin because I love the smoky flavour)
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/3 cups grated muenster cheese (I used pepper jack) plus 1 oz for topping
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into small florets  (4 cups)
4 cups medium pasta shells (I used Barilla whole grain)

1. Whisk the egg, evaporated  milk, cayenne, nutmeg, and salt and black pepper to taste in a bowl. Toss the grated cheeses in a separate bowl.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook until almost falling apart, about 7 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Add the pasta to the same water and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water. Preheat the broiler.
3. Combine the egg mixture and the grated cheeses in the empty pot and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the cheeses melt and the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from the heat and add the cauliflower. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth and light (you can also use a regular blender). Stir in some of the reserved pasta water until creamy (I did not have to do this).
4. Toss the pasta in the sauce; season with salt and black pepper. Transfer to a shallow casserole dish and top with muenster slices. Broil until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

If made according to the recipe, Per Serving (about 1.5 cups):
Calories: 403
Fat: 17 g (Sat: 10 g)
Cholesterol: 85 mg
Sodium: 517 mg
Carbs: 41 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 20 g

Sorry about the picture. I got excited about eating it... Should have taken the picture before I indulged with DH.

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