Easy Pastrami Mac and Cheese Dinner
While the traditional mac and cheese is delicious just as it is, I was craving something different and reached for this recipe for Pastrami Mac and Cheese. A smooth cheese sauce of sharp cheddar, with spicy Pastrami and buttered bread crumbs are baked with farfalle (or your noodle of choice). The result is a wonderful combination of flavors that are ultra comforting and hearty enough to be the main dish of your dinner.
Pastrami Mac and Cheese
Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
4 Tbsp. butter, plus extra for the baking dish
1/2 lb. farfalle
1/4 c. flour
2 cups whole milk
2 cups (about 1/2 lb) grates sharp cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 lb pastrami, diced (scant cup)
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper
10 Ritz crackers, pulsed in the food processor, about 1/3 cup crumbs
1. Preheat oven to 350-f degrees. Butter an 8 x 8-inch baking dish.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat and cook the farfalle until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain.
3. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the 4 Tbsp. butter. Sprinkle the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until the flour is incorporated, about 1 minute. Gradually add the milk, stirring, and raise the heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, until almost boiling and smooth, about 5 minutes. Add the cheeses and stir until melted and incorporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the pastrami and lower the heat. Add the pasta and season with salt and pepper.
4. Transfer the pasta to the baking dish and top with the cracker crumbs. Bake until browned and bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes.
Recipe from The Comfort Food Cookbook by Joan Schwartz