We love our macaroni and cheese recipes so very much. You can see them all here. We realized we don’t have any mac and cheese recipes that are spring-y / summery so we added some peas to a white cheddar macaroni and cheese. This recipe is delicious and simple – and for all you mac and cheese lovers. Add anything you want really – it will be delicious. :)
White Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Sweet Peas
Makes 1 quart
1 lb. dry elbow macaroni or shaped pasta of choice
4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 2/3 cups whole milk
5 ounces shredded white cheddar
2 ounces shredded swiss
2 cups fresh sweet peas, steamed (or frozen and thawed)
salt and cracked black pepper to taste
1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat.
2. Add a small handful of salt and pasta and stir together.
3. Boil pasta until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Remove pasta from heat and reserve 1 cup of the pasta water.
5. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
6. Place pot back over medium heat and melt butter. Add shallot and garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
7. Sprinkle flour over shallot mixture and stir together until there are no raw lumps of flour left, 3 to 4 minutes.
8. Slowly stir milk into the flour mixture and continue to stir together until mixture is smooth and begins to simmer and thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon.
9. Remove pot from heat and slowly stir in the shredded white cheddar followed by the swiss, slowly and in small handfuls, until all the cheese has been added and melted into a smooth sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
10. Fold in the cooked pasta until fully incorporated and any of the reserved pasta water as needed if the mixture is too thick, 2 tablespoons at a time, until the macaroni and cheese is creamy and smooth. Fold in most the sweet peas until fully incorporated.
11. Adjust seasonings, stir and top with reserve sweet peas. Serve.