Baked Mac 'N Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Duck Sausage

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 15 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr
 
YIELD: 4 Servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 cup brie cheese, rind removed
  • 1 cup grated 5-year old Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Friulano or Fontina cheese
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • Pinch sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Directions

Parboil the rotini pasta in boiling salted water for 8 minutes, and strain.

Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat, add the sliced onions and a pinch of sea salt to the pan and saute for 8 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and saute for another 35 minutes, or until caramelized.

Render the sausage in a dry pan over medium heat for 10 minutes, until crispy bits form. Add milk, half-and- half, caramelized onions, sea salt, and ground pepper and bring to a boil. The second the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, add the Cheddar cheese, Friulano cheese, and bay leaf and stir until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

In a bowl, mix the cooked rotini pasta with the cheese sauce and transfer into a baking dish. Top with the panko bread crumbs, drizzle with melted butter and broil for a few minutes, or until the panko is golden brown and the edges crisp up.

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  • on June 12, 2012

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    This was very good, but by the time I bought all the ingredients it was about a $30 dish. I found the duck sausage at Central Market under a similar name for $14. I did not find the friulano cheese, and used fontina.

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  • on April 21, 2012

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    I'm not a big mac and cheese fan, but my hubby is. This is one that we definitely agree on! I just use regular sausage since duck isn't available in my area, and started adding some minced jalapeno. Delicious recipe and presentation, a hit!

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  • on April 15, 2012

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    This recipe was a lot of work for the return on investment. It wasn't as flavorful or as cheesy as we had hoped. I even added more cheese than the recipe called for and it just wasn't that good.

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