The House macaroni and cheese

Time Active work time: 30 minutes Total preparation time: 1 hour
Yields Serves 6
The House macaroni and cheese

Heat the broiler or the oven to 350 degrees. Heat the milk to just below boiling and set aside.


Melt the butter in a saucepan. When it starts to bubble, whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute to make a roux. Slowly pour the heated milk into the roux, whisking constantly, and cook until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick, about 15 minutes.


Remove from the heat and season with the salt, pepper, allspice, nutmeg and cayenne. Stir in the grated Cheddar, Fontina and Gruyere.


Cook the pasta in plenty of rapidly boiling salted water slightly less than you normally would, about 10 minutes. Stir the pasta into the cheese sauce and divide evenly among 6 buttered ramekins.


Divide the bread crumbs evenly among the ramekins and scatter over top. Brown the bread crumbs under the broiler 1 to 2 minutes or in the oven, about 30 minutes.

The House’s Scooter Kanfer based this elegant dish on her grandfather’s version. Panko are Japanese bread crumbs. Redwood Hills makes a good goat’s milk Cheddar. If you can’t find it, you can substitute 2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar and 1/4 cup soft goat cheese.

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