Snow Day?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Pasta | 5 comments










It does not snow over our house or town—but since Ty's family is returning from a snowboarding trip today--I am going to send a little love their way.

Mac and Cheese is still considered the classic comfort food.

The formula of preparation is classic too.

Where it gets switched up-- is in the splendor of creation.

Madelynne has been my inspiration for our family's particular pasta.

Archer Farms® Organic Trottole Pasta 16-oz.

The shape of the pasta must be divine.

The cheese blend must be white with a savory tang.

It must not be crunchy on top.








1 tablespoon each butter and olive oil.








1/4 cup flour and 1 teaspoon kosher salt







Cook and stir the flour until it resembles wet sand.








Scald a quart of milk.  I use 2%.  Stir one third of the milk into the flour mixture.  If you use a flexible whisk it is much easier to whisk, whisk, whisk...







until the Béchamel is totally "lump-free".








Add the remaining milk and continue to cook on low until the mixture begins to boil around the edge and thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.  This takes a few minutes. Be careful not to scorch the bottom--keep it moving.








I am generous with nutmeg. Turn off the heat .







Add one pound of cheese cubed or grated into the sauce and cover the pan while you boil the pasta.  During this time the cheese will melt into the sauce.








The blend of cheese  varies with the chunks I have.  Crazy mac and cheese dishes have resulted from a leftover cheese course--Brie? Blue? Drunken Goat?

Our everyday blend is  a combo of English White Cheddar, Fontina, and Goat Cheese.








Drain the pasta and stir it into the cheesy sauce.








At first the pasta will seem loose--but as it sets-- it becomes quite luscious.








The perfect bite becomes a moment in time reserved for the one stirring the pot.








In Madelynne's early words...

It must be fresh from the pot.

Simple and creamy with a straight ahead balance that my girls love...

Welcome home!






  1. 2-18-2013

    The pasta. . . ARCHER FARMS is usually from Target, is that where you buy it??? I want to make this recipe for my granddaughters…they love what they call “white~cheese~pasta 😀

    • 2-18-2013

      Yes, Target 🙂

  2. 2-18-2013

    Ha!! I looked at the first photo and said “Light bulb?” I expected to see spherical with a neck…old school light bulb shape. I think my age is showing a little! Looks yummy!

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  4. 2-18-2013

    It was AMAZING! Thank you! <3


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