Italian Mac and Cheese

Italian Mac and Cheese

Serve your family a big-flavored bowl of our Italian mac and cheese or bake it in individual ramekins for a sophisticated starter.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 3 Nature's Yoke egg whites
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 10 whole peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 12 oz Mozarella/Provolone/Romano Cheese Mix
  • 6 oz parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Garlic Bread Crumbs

Garlic Bread Crumbs

  • 3 thick slices country-style white bread
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Butter large casserole dish; set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water with 1 T. salt to boiling. Add pasta; return water to boiling. Cook pasta according to package directions until tender to bite. Drain.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • In large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened. Sprinkle the flour over onion; stir for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of milk a little at a time, stirring constantly until smooth.
  • Place bay leaf, thyme and peppercorns in a cheesecloth and tie with cotton string. Add to skillet along with salt and remaining 2 1/2 cups of milk. Increase heat and bring to boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and cook ten minutes more. Remove from heat.
  • Remove herb bundle. Stir in ground black pepper, nutmeg and cheeses. Stir just until cheeses are melted.
  • Add cheese mixture to drained macaroni. Fold in beaten egg whites. Spoon into casserole dish and top with Garlic Bread Crumbs.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until heated to 160 F. and crumbs are toasted.

Garlic Bread Crumbs

  • In a food processor, process bread to coarse crumbs. Transfer to bowl.
  • Toss with garlic, salt and pepper. Add oil and work into crumbs.
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