Monday, April 9, 2012

Boursin Mac & Cheese

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Let's talk comfort food! A favorite of many is macaroni and cheese... is it one of yours? For the Easter dinner I hosted this year, I wanted to include a special mac and cheese dish to pair with the ham I served. No regular mac and cheese would do. That's when I came across a recipe for this Boursin Mac & Cheese. A combination of creamy Boursin garlic and herb, white cheddar and Parmesan cheeses are blended together with pasta for an amazing mac and cheese. Talk about elevating mac and cheese to a whole other level...

My guests and I really enjoyed this elegant version of macaroni and cheese. The creamy texture and richness made it extra special. It also went deliciously well with the ham I served and it's perfect just on its own. I adapted the original recipe by including garlic and onions to give it a bit more flavor. Maybe next time, I'll include some chicken to make it more of a one dish meal. Have fun with this recipe... the traditional mac & cheese has gone gourmet!


Boursin Mac & Cheese
recipe adapted from Kitchen of Friends

1 pound fusilli or elbow macaroni pasta {or gluten free pasta}
2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, minced
2 tablespoons flour {or gluten free all purpose flour}
sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 cups half and half
8 ounces Boursin cheese with garlic and herbs
3/4 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup breadcrumbs {or gluten free breadcrumbs or processed gluten free crackers}


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray or butter and set aside.

Prepare the pasta per package directions. Drain and set aside.

Melt butter in a saucepan, add garlic and onions, cooking until softened.

Add flour and whisk it constantly over medium heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes and then gradually add half and half. Bring to a boil while whisking constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes and take off heat. Add the Boursin, cheddar and parmesan cheeses and whisk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to your tastes.

Add the pasta and toss to combine. Transfer pasta to the greased casserole dish.

Top with breadcrumbs and bake uncovered in the preheated oven. Bake for 5-10 minutes until bubbly and breadcrumbs crispy. Serve with chopped chives if desired.

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