Orecchiette Mac & Cheese Recipe

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Orecchiette mac and cheese is easy enough to make, as long as you're following the appropriate recipe. Make orecchiette mac and cheese from a great recipe with help from a celebrity chef and award winning author in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Maria Liberti from the award winning book series, The Basic Art of Italian Cooking. And I'm going to make orecchiette with macaroni and cheese. Take two cups of milk. We're going to make this sort of like a bechamel sauce. Add in two tablespoons of butter, and we're going to wire whisk in as soon as the butter melts, three tablespoons of flour. I'm placing in three tablespoons of flour and doing it with a wire whisk so that we don't get lumps and bumps in the sauce. And once we have that all blended, I'm going to add in a cup of cheddar cheese and a half a cup of Parmesan Origiano cheese. And you do have to consistently stir this with a wire whisk until the sauce thickens, approximately ten minutes. Do not let the sauce burn. Our cheddar cheese sauce is ready. And we're going to add in the cooked orecchiette. We did cook these to al dente because you are going to bake these also. I'm going to add that into the macaroni and cheese sauce. I have a glass casserole that I've buttered. And what I'm going to do is add in just a little bit of homemade bread crumbs that I made. This was crusty bread that I put in the food processor. You're going to just put a little bit on the bottom. I'm pouring the orecchiette pasta with the macaroni cheese sauce into the bread crumbs. That looks really nice and cheesy. I'm going to top it with about two tablespoons of cheddar cheese. And what you need to do is bake this for about fifteen minutes until it's golden bubbly and brown on the top. The last five minutes you can put it under broil. I'm Maria Liberati, from The Basic Art of Italian Cooking. Thanks for watching.

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