Springtime Asparagus Mac & Cheese
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2014 Ludwig Farmstead Creamery Cooking Contest Winner
Ingredients
  • 3 c. Uncooked Macaroni
  • ½ c. Butter
  • 1 sm. Onion, chopped
  • ½ lb. Asparagus, cleaned & trimmed (leave tips whole and slice stems)
  • 1 t. Sea Salt
  • ½ t. Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ c. Unbleached Flour
  • 3½ c. Milk
  • 8 oz. Jake's Wheel Dutch Garden Herb Cheese, cubed
  • (If you can't get your hands on this specialty cheese, you can use any herbed Monterrey Jack style cheese, or cheese with a variety of garden herbs)
  • Optional toppings: Fresh diced tomato, grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In large saucepan, cook butter, onion, asparagus, salt & pepper over medium heat until onion is tender. Stir in flour and simmer until mixture is bubbly.
  3. Stir in milk and heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Add cheese and stir until melted. (Tip: don't over-cook or use too high of heat, otherwise the sauce will start to "break" - don't worry, it's not the end of the world if it does)
  4. Add drained macaroni to cheese sauce and stir. Put in large baking pan, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 45 minutes (or until it's bubbly and top is lightly browned)
  5. Serve topped with fresh tomato and Parmesan.
Recipe by Food. (Just Sayin') at http://www.foodjustsayin.com/2014/05/asparagus-mac-cheese/