Tallegio mac 'n' cheese from the Chateau Marmont

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Serves 12
Tallegio mac ‘n’ cheese from the Chateau Marmont
(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.


In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook to soften, 5 minutes.


Stir in the flour to form the roux. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the roux goes from a light white color to a blond golden color, about 5 minutes. Add the bay leaf, peppercorns, coriander seeds, yellow mustard seeds and the nutmeg, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes to distribute the flavors.


Whisk in the milk a little at a time. Increase the heat and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 30 minutes to cook out the flour flavor, stirring occasionally to make sure the flour doesn’t sink to the bottom of the pan and burn.


Remove the pan from heat and strain into a new pot, discarding the spices. Add the American and half of the Tallegio cheeses, stirring until the cheese is melted and incorporated. Taste the sauce, adding 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste.


Add the pasta and the remaining Tallegio cheese, stirring to coat the pasta completely. The mixture at this point will seem a bit wet but will thicken as it bakes.


Pour the mixture into a 13-by-9-inch or similar large baking dish and bake until the mixture is thickened and bubbly, about 20 minutes. The mac ‘n’ cheese should have a nice crust on top. If not, place it under the broiler to darken a little.


Remove from heat and cool slightly before serving.

Adapted from executive chef Carolynn Spence of Chateau and Bar Marmont.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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