Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tasty Tuesdays: My Favorite Mac & Cheese

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

The Mac & Cheese at The Green Well is probably my favorite meal in town.  I've been ordering it for several years and have a hard time even considering ordering something different when I'm there.  I even mentioned The Green Well Mac & Cheese in this post.

I've searched online for the recipe before and never had any luck.  I decided to look again and found it right away!  And it was posted almost two years ago.  That's two years of me missing out on making this amazing dish at home.  Click right here for the recipe.  As excited as I was to find the recipe online, the exact measurements and directions were incomplete.  For the most part, I think I figured it out. 

- Canola oil & olive oil
- 3 slices bacon, cooked & chopped
- 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded
-1 cup snow peas cut in half
- 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced 
- 3/4 cup whole cherry tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Pinch of salt, pepper, basil and thyme
- 1-1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup swiss cheese, shredded
- 3/4 cup sharp white cheddar, shredded
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 1/2 large onion, caramelized
- 8 oz cavatappi pasta, cooked

{ I left out truffle oil and ham, both are included in The Green Well's recipe }

1.  The key to preparing this recipe to to cook several of the ingredients first.  Cook the chicken, bacon, and pasta before you start making the recipe.  Also caramelize the onion ahead of time.  You could even do that a day or two in advance.  I think a leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken would work really well.

2.  Heat a large saute pan over high heat and add 2 tablespoons of canola oil and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Add bacon, chicken, snow peas, mushrooms, tomatoes, and garlic to pan and saute until garlic caramelizes.

3.  Add cream and all four cheeses and stir.  Add caramelized onions.  Continue to cook over medium-high heat until sauce is bubbly and thickens.  Add pasta and stir until coated.

4.  Serve and enjoy!  Recipe makes four servings.

I'm pretty excited to be able to enjoy my favorite restaurant meal at home!

What did you cook this week?

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  1. Alissa, your recipe looks so delicious! I love mac and cheese, but I've never had it this way. Surely I've been missing out! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. That mac & cheese does look amazing! Thanks for sharing this gem with us.

  3. This looks just amazingly yummy. I should give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Linking up a dairy-free mousse recipe today. Thanks so much for hosting. :) --S

  5. This looks absolutely amazing...and I'm making it to take to a dinner for my home fellowship group. They are gonna luv it...
    xo bj

  6. I could see why you would like that recipe. What a great combination of ingredients. I love when you are able to recreate restaurant favorites at home. Thanks for sharing with us and as always thanks for hosting. Linking up with Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries and Sage this week.

  7. This mac and cheese looks over-the-top delicious! Thanks for sharing it and for hosting the link party:)

  8. OOo this is a great twist on mac & cheese! :)

  9. Hi Alissa,
    The combination of ingredients and flavors for your Mac N Cheese is fabulous, I can't wait to make it. Thank you for hosting and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  10. This looks amazing! So amazing that I just pinned it.
    Thanks for sharing! : )

  11. This looks so good! If I am going to give myself a cheat and make mac and cheese this recipe will be it!

  12. Mac and Cheese, has never looked so good!!

  13. I have never had mac and cheese with any color (veggies) in it. Might try this!

  14. Somewhere you have a random comment about mac n cheese that meant to go here! Anyway, this mac n cheese looks great! This week I made peanut butter banana bread

  15. That looks absolutely delicious!

  16. That mac and cheese looks amazing! Enjoy the soup I linked!

  17. Mmmmm you had me at goat cheese. The combination of those veggies, the chicken and the 4 cheeses sounds just divine.....grown up mac-n-cheese for sure! Thanks for sharing Alissa.

  18. Oh that looks so good!! Mmmm..... Look's like it'd be great warm or chilled?

  19. That looks delicious, I can't wait to try it out.
    Maybe even with leftover turkey, yummy.
    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Mmmmm you had me at goat cheese. The combination of those veggies, the chicken and the 4 cheeses sounds just divine.....grown up mac-n-cheese for sure! Thanks for sharing Alissa.
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