Wild Mushroom Mac n’ Cheese

We had some time today so we went to Jean-Talon market to do our groceries. I always go nuts because everything looks so good and I never come prepared! So with no grocery list in hand, I was kind of just hoping something would pop up and give me inspiration. We saw lobster, immediately craved lobster rolls but decided to pass because they aren’t in season and quite expensive. Then we went to the mushroom stand…and boom LOBSTER MUSHROOMS! Locally grown, beautiful this time of year, they taste amazingly close to real lobster. So we bought that plus some mixed wild mushrooms to add variety. This mac n’ cheese is simple but bursting with flavours. Have it with a pint of Pale Ale; match made in heaven!

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INGREDIENTS

For 4 portions

  • 1 cup of wild mushrooms, diced
  • 4 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of aged cheddar, grated
  • 2 tsp of parmesan, grated
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • A handful of parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups of dry or fresh pasta

For the crunchy top:

  • 1 tsp of melted butter
  • 2 tsp of aged cheddar, grated
  • 1 tsp of parmesan, grated

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MAKING IT

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add salt and cook your pasta. Drain and set aside. Heat a pan on medium and cook bacon until it starts getting crispy. Add your mushrooms and garlic. Season with salt & pepper. Cook until mushrooms are soft. Remove them from the pan and put them aside in a bowl. In the same pan, melt butter and add flour. This will create a roux and will help thicken the sauce. Add the milk and use a whisk to stir to get rid of clumps. Always on medium heat, wait until the milk boils and the sauce starts to thicken. Add grated cheeses, parsley and cooked mushrooms. Stir in the cooked pasta and season again with salt & pepper. You can put the pasta in one big dish that goes in the oven or split it up like I did in individual dishes. Mix all the ingredients for the crunchy top together and sprinkle a generous amount over pasta. Broil in the oven and remove when nice and brown.

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Cheers xxx

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