SUSAN'S SPICY MAC AND CHEESE ALA KARL: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced pickled jalapeño chilies, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • a 28-ounce can plum tomatoes, the juice discarded and the tomatoes chopped and drained well
  • cayenne to taste if desired
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely grated Monterey Jack (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely grated extra-sharp Cheddar (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 1/3 cups freshly grated Parmesan (about 1/4 pound)

Directions

  • In a large heavy saucepan cook the onion, the garlic, the jalapeos, the coriander and the cumin in the butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until the onion is softened.
  • Stir in the flour and cook the mixture, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the milk in a stream, whisking. Bring the liquid to a boil, whisking, and whisk in the tomatoes. Simmer the mixture for 2 minutes and add the cayenne and salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a kettle of boiling salted water cook the macaroni for 6 to 7 minutes, or until it is barely al dente. Drain it well, and in a large bowl combine it with the tomato mixture. Stir in the Monterey Jack and the Cheddar and transfer the mixture to a buttered 13- to 14-by-9-inch shallow baking dish or 3-quart gratin dish.
  • In a bowl stir together the bread crumbs and the Parmesan, sprinkle the mixture evenly over the macaroni mixture, and bake the macaroni and cheese in the middle of a preheated 375-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until it is golden and bubbling.

Notes

My entire marriage to Karl can be traced through one particular dish: Spicy mac and cheese a la Karl.

It was too salty the night Karl moved into the house.

It was too watery the night I found lipstick on Karl's shirt.

I burned it the night Karl told me he was leaving me for his secretary.

This was the first recipe Bree gave me when I moved to Wisteria Lane.

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