out of the (blue) box. [mac & cheese w. crispy prosciutto & fresh parsley]

September 27th, 2012 by | comments


I’ve finally mastered homemade mac and cheese (bold statement, I know). Though I’m a sucker for Kraft blue box, it can’t touch the pasta made from scratch. I kept this recipe relatively simple, only adding crispy prosciutto and fresh parsley. But if you’re looking for something more gourmet, give this recipe a try–four-cheese, white truffle oil and mushroom mac and cheese. Yes, it’s as decadent and rich as it sounds.


Note: Will only use about 3/4 of the cheese sauce

1 box Barilla Piccolini mini conchiglie shells

8 tbsp. (1 stick) salted butter

7 tbsp. flour

2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 cups fat-free milk

1 cup grated parmesan

1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese

1 cup Jarlsberg, grated

1 cup Gruyère, grated

2 tsp. Sherry wine vinegar, plus more or less to taste

3 tsp. salt, plus more or less to taste

2 tsp. ground black pepper, plus more or less to taste

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 package prosciutto, torn into small strips

Fresh parsley, if desired


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions. Strain pasta then return to large pot.

In a large saucepan, melt butter and flour over medium heat until bubbly and thick, but not browned, about 2-3 minutes. Add whipping cream and milk. Whisking constantly, let mixture thicken, about 8-10 minutes.

Add four cheeses, salt and pepper, and continue stirring. After sauce is smooth and cheese is melted, stir in Sherry wine. Pour 3/4 of the cheese sauce (or less) into pot of pasta and stir together. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp. olive oil. Place prosciutto strips in pan and cook until slightly golden brown and crispy. Remove prosciutto from skillet and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Top macaroni with crispy prosciutto and fresh parsley, if desired. Serve hot.

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