Total:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
1 hr 5 min
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup diced pancetta
  • 1/2 cup small-diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups half-and-half or milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1 pound small shell pasta, cooked al dente
  • 4 ounces grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 4 ounces grated white Cheddar
  • 4 ounces grated Gruyere
  • 4 ounces grated fontina
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Set a large, wide-mouthed 6-quart pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil and pancetta to the pot and cook the pancetta until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and cook until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the butter and flour to the pot and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the half-and-half to the pot and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer. Season with the salt, white pepper and nutmeg and cook for 3 minutes. Add the pasta to the pot and remove from the heat. Add the grated cheeses to the pot and stir to combine well.

Transfer the contents of the pot to a 3-quart baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs with the Essence and sprinkle over the top of the macaroni. Bake uncovered until golden brown and bubbling, 40 to 45 minutes.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William Morrow, 1993.

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