Mac & Cheese with Gruyere, Olives & Tomatoes

  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Prep: 5 minutes
  • Cook: 1 hour

Ingredients

1pound elbow macaroni
4cups milk
butter
1/2cup flour
4cups Gruyere cheese, grated
2cups sharp cheddar, grated
2teaspoons salt
1/2teaspoon black pepper
3/4teaspoon nutmeg
1 (6 oz)can California ripe black olives, sliced
3medium ripe tomatoes
1cup panko bread crumbs, unseasoned

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain well.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat the milk ( do not boil ). In a large saucepan, melt 6 TBSP of butter, whisk in the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes.  While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for 1-2 minutes, until smooth and thick. Remove from heat, add the cheese,  salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Gently stir in the macaroni. Spoon into a prepared 3 quart baking dish. Sprinkle olives over pasta, top with tomato slices. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Melt the remaining 2 TBSP butter, drizzle over the bread crumbs.  Bake for 40 minutes, until top is golden brown.

*  This is not your average mac & cheese. The addition of the olives, tomatoes and Gruyere makes this dish the epitome of comfort food.

 

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