- 1 smallish red onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup chopped roasted red pepper
- 4 cups milk
- 6 parsley stems (leafy part removed)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp dried mustard
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 6 shakes of hot sauce (I like Frank's red hot)
- 4 T, plus 2 T, plus 2 T Butter
- 4 T Flour
- 4 T bread crumbs (I like Panko style the best)
- 3 cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 1 cup Shredded Medium Cheddar Cheese
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
- 1 lb elbow macaroni
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small saucepan, combine the milk, parsley stems, bay leaf, and some black pepper. Turn to medium high heat and bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer until ready to use.
While the milk is simmering, in a small skillet, sauté the onion in 2 T butter and some S&P over medium low heat for 10 minutes. Turn the temperature to low, and add the minced garlic to the onions. Continue to cook until the onions are caramelized and reduced, approximately another ten minutes.
|Caramelized Onions & Garlic|
Once your roux is cooked, it's time to make it into a béchamel sauce. Oh no! Another fancy cooking term and complicated process!! Well, not really. Same as roux, once you've made one béchamel sauce, you'll find that it really isn't too tricky, and it is such a wonderful sauce to have in your repertoire as there are so many things you can do with it! I also did a video on making a béchamel. Click here to learn how to make it, and watch the end part of the movie. For this béchamel, use the seasoned milk mixture from above with the bay leaf and parsley stems removed, and add to the roux you just made.
In a pasta pot, bring water to a boil and start to cook your macaroni noodles.
Once the béchamel is made, it's time to season it up. First, turn the temperature to low/medium-low. Add the nutmeg, dried mustard, cayenne, hot sauce, and some more S&P. Stir well. Now add the caramelized onion/garlic, roasted red pepper, and all of the cheese. Stir well and let it cook until the cheese is completely melted.
|Ready to bake|
|EAT ME NOW.|