Creamy Cabot Mac and Cheese

This creamy, comfort food classic is perfect for a casual family meal or an indulgent night in. For a Southern spin, try it alongside our beer braised collard greens or tender pork chops.

4

Servings

10 Mins

Prep Time

16 Mins

Cook Time

Prep

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Preheat the Oven

Preheat the oven to 500°F/250°C (high) or set to broil.

Cooking Steps

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1. Add the Butter to a Preheated Pot

Preheat the pot to 300°F/150°C (medium-low) and add the butter. Melt the butter completely.

  • Unsalted Butter(diced)3 Tbsps.
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2. Add and Sauté the Shallots

Cook the shallots for 1 minute, stirring frequently until fragrant.

  • Shallot(finely chopped)3 Tbsps.
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3. Add and Sauté the Garlic

Cook the garlic for 30 seconds, stirring continuously.

  • Garlic Clove(finely chopped)1
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4. Add and Cook the Flour

Cook the flour for 1 minute, stirring continuously until it is a pale golden color.

  • All Purpose Flour3 Tbsps.
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5. Whisk in the Milk and Seasoning

Whisk to combine.

  • Whole Milk2 12 cups
  • Thyme1 sprig
  • Kosher Salt2 12 tsps.
  • White Pepper 18 tsp.
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6. Thicken the Sauce

Reduce the temperature to 215°F/110°C (low) and simmer for 10 minutes to thicken. Whisk frequently.

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7. Add and Melt the Cheese for the Sauce

Reduce the temperature to 205°F/95°C (low) and continuously whisk the cheese in for 5 minutes and 30 seconds until it has completely melted.

  • Cabot Cheddar Cheese(shredded)2 cups
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8. Strain the Sauce

Strain the sauce through a fine mesh strainer and return to the pot.

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9. Add the Pasta to the Cheese Sauce

Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and heat through for 4 minutes at 205°F/95°C (low).

  • Elbow Macaroni(cooked)8 oz
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10. Stir in the Chives

Stir in the chives. You can reserve 1 teaspoon of chives for the garnish.

  • Chives(thinly sliced)2 tsps.
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11. Transfer the Mac and Cheese to a Casserole Dish

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12. Top with the Panko and Remaining Cheese

  • Panko(or regular breadcrumbs) 12 cup
  • Cabot Cheddar Cheese(to finish)1 cup
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13. Place the Mac and Cheese in the Oven

Place the casserole dish on the middle rack. Toast the panko for 3 minutes or unti golden brown.

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14. Remove the Mac and Cheese

Remove from the oven and place on a heat proof surface. If you prefer your mac and cheese darker, you can cook it for a few more minutes.

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15. Garnish the Mac and Cheese

Garnish with the remaining chives and serve immediately.

  • Chives(thinly sliced)1 tsp.
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