Macaroni and Cheese My Way

Recipe courtesy Jan Birnbaum
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 40 min
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

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Directions

Preheat broiler.

Bring a large post of water to a rolling boil, add pasta shells and cook al dente, according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, add the olive oil and tasso or bacon, cook until just crisp,
then add shallots and garlic. Cook and stir over moderate heat just until shallots are translucent. Add the flour, cook stirring constantly to blend and toast the flour, about 5 minutes. Add the white wine, reduce until almost dry. Add the cream, bring to a simmer until the sauce coats the back of a spoon, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheeses, shrimp and spinach. Gently stir until cheese is melted, spinach is wilted and shrimp is beginning to turn pink. Season with salt and white pepper, to taste. Season with hot sauce, to taste.

Drain the pasta, making sure to shake all of the water off and out of the shells.

In a large ovenproof baking dish, place drained shells. Add the cheese and shrimp mixture and gently fold into the pasta. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs and chopped parsley. Place under the broiler until the breadcrumbs are toasted about 2 to 3 minutes.

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  • on December 05, 2012

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    There are many levels of flavor in this recipe; and your guests will taste it!

    I first made this recipe a few years back, and ever since I have never gotten any mediocre "its good" comments.

    Instead of the typical bread crumb out of the box / container; I toast my own. I use white bread, toast it so its on the darker side (so its nice and hard. Coat it in butter, and sprinkle some Italian Seasoning on it, then cut it with a chefs knife. Typically they are large(ish but I think small pieces would be better overall for presentation.

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