Curried Macaroni and Cheese

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 stick butter

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1/2 red onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 green chile, split lengthwise, optional

1 tablespoon curry powder

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

5 cups (2 percent low-fat) milk

2 1/2 cups Provolone or any other mild cheese, grated

1 1/4 pounds elbow macaroni pasta, prepared according to package instructions

1/2 cup bread crumbs

Bunch asparagus, trimmed

Kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter with the oil over medium heat. Add in the red onion, garlic, and green chile and saute until tender, approximately 2 minutes. Sprinkle over the curry powder and all of the flour, stirring to create a roux. Whisk to remove the lumps, and cook the flour for approximately 1 minute.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk while whisking to create a curried creamy sauce over low heat.
  4. Bring the sauce to a simmer, and continue whisking for 2 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, discard the green chile, and add 2 cups grated Provolone, and stir until smooth.
  5. Add the cooked macaroni to the curry sauce, mix until evenly coated, and season with salt. Transfer the macaroni mixture to a 9 by 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the top with 1/4 cup bread crumbs and 1/4 cup cheese.
  6. Arrange the asparagus in a line over the macaroni. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup bread crumbs and cheese over the asparagus, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
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