Mac & Cheese by a teen friend of mine
June 15, 2012 11:55 AM - Arkady
Macaroni and Cheese (Serves 6-8)

2 pounds ziti
6 cups White Sauce (recipe follows)
1/2 pound smoked mozzarella, grated
1/2 pound plain mozzarella, grated
1/2 pound white Cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 pound cooked ham or cooked bacon
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
4 tablespoons sweet butter, softened

Cook ziti al dente according to package instructions. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 18 by 12 inch ovenproof dish.

Make white sauce; cool slightly and add grated mozzarellas and Cheddar cheese. Add sauce and ham or bacon to ziti and mix well. Place in prepared baking dish, top with Parmesan and bread crumbs, and dot with butter. Bake 40 minutes.

White Sauce (makes 7 cups)

7 cups milk
2 bay leaves
1 bunch parsley stems
sprig of thyme (optional)
3 white peppercorns
3 cups sweet butter
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white wine

Combine milk with bay leaves, parsley stems, thyme, if using, and peppercorns. Scald milk; do not boil. Simmer gently at 5 to 10 minutes, until well blended.

Meanwhile, combine butter, salt, pepper, paprika, and mustard in separate saucepan over low heat. Melt butter, but be careful not to burn. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the wine and combine well. Strain milk and whisk in. Cook, stirring, 4 to 5 minutes; the sauce will thicken up suddenly. If not using the sauce immediately, drizzle some melted butter on the top. Spread butter over surface with a damp paper towel so a skin will not form.