5.23.2012

crab macaroni and cheese

prep time: tbd
cook time:  15 minutes
servings:  6

ingredients:
12 ounces macaroni
1 3/4 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup grated fontina cheese
3/4 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup ricottta cheese
10 ounces dungeness crab meat
4 tablespoons bread crumbs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter - cut into 8 pieces

steps:
1.  preaheat the oven to 450 degrees.  butter a 9 x 13 x 2-inch glass baking dish.  cook the noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.  drain well.

2.  whisk the milk, cream, flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl to blend.  stir in the fontina , cheddar, parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta cheeses.  add the macaroni and toss to coat.  fold in crab meat.  transfer the macaroni mixture to the prepared baking dish.  sprinkle breadcrumbs and place butter pieces on top of the breadcrumbs.  bake until the sauce bubbles and the cheese melts and begins to brown on top, about 15 minutes.  let stand for 10 minutes.  serve.

- north west noshings

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