What can beat homemade creamy and cheesy mac and cheese? Absolutely nothing! O(∩_∩)O~
Since a pasta machine was given to me as a holiday gift last year, I became obsessed with making all kinds of noodles and pasta at home.
For the pasta：
250 g all purpose flour
95 liquid including 1 large egg + water
There are different discs for making different pasta. I am using the penny disc.
Whisk egg and water together
Start the machine and choose 300g and then press “start”
Add liquid from top
The dough is being mixed
When the kneading is finished, I usually pause the machine for 10 minutes so that the dough can rest. The pasta will taste better with extra resting time.
With a dough scraper, cut the pasta they way you like it. The machine comes with a plastic one which I don’t like.
Freshly homemade penn
Now it is time to boil some penne!
300 g freshly made penne
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
2 cloves of garlic, peel and minced
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup pepper jack cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt to taste
panko bread crumbs
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add salt and penne. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold running water for a few seconds. Drain well.
Preheat a toaster oven to 425F/218 C
Dice the cheese.
Heat a medium cast iron pan over medium heat. Add butter and minced garlic. Cook for about 1 minute.
Add flour, onion powder and black pepper. Cook until the flour turns slightly yellow. Add milk.
When the milk is heated but not boils yet, add diced cheddar cheese and pepper jack cheese.
Whisk and cook until the cheese is completely melted.
Add cooked penne and parmesan chees
With a wooden spoon, mix everything together; divide into two small cast iron pans; and top with bacon and bread crumbs.
Bake them in the toaster oven for about 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.