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Old 06-16-2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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Mac N Cheese Sauce - Make Ahead Recipe?

Hi All! =)

We are having a Mac N Cheese bar for our reception. The idea is to have a couple different types of sauces in chaffing dishes and allow our guests to choose which sauce they want to put other their pasta with some different toppings.

I was wondering if anyone had a good recipe (or two) for a make ahead cheese sauce for mac n cheese that would keep well in a chaffing dish. Thanks! Carla =)

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Old 06-16-2011, 01:50 PM   #2
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Are you saying the "Mac and Cheese" is plain pasta with a sauce spooned over it?

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Old 06-16-2011, 01:55 PM   #3
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Are you saying the "Mac and Cheese" is plain pasta with a sauce spooned over it?
Yep. That's always the way we make it at home. Am I doing something wrong? LOL If I am please tell me. =)
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Yep. That's always the way we make it at home. Am I doing something wrong? LOL If I am please tell me. =)
There are many versions of this dish. Every one I know of usually finishes with some type of crispy topping and is baked in the oven. Not that you are doing something wrong, I just wouldn't call it Mac and Cheese. It sounds more like pasta and cheese sauce, like fettucini alfredo.

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It sounds more like pasta and cheese sauce, like fettucini alfredo.
Yea thats pretty much what we are going for except with a cheddar based sauce.
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There are many versions of this dish. Every one I know of usually finishes with some type of crispy topping and is baked in the oven. Not that you are doing something wrong, I just wouldn't call it Mac and Cheese. It sounds more like pasta and cheese sauce, like fettucini alfredo.

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Baked mac 'n' cheese with the crumbs on top is just one version. Stove top mac 'n' cheese is a legit alternative. I actually prefer it for its creamier texture.

That said, in this situation, a basic pasta shape or two and a selection of sauces is a good idea for feeding a large group with differing tastes.
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I'd have a couple different pasta types, too. Elbow, spiral, shells... maybe even a spinach pasta.
Maybe some bacon bits on the side, or toasted bread crumbs for those who like baked mac & cheese...
Lots of possibilities. Novel concept.
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Baked mac 'n' cheese with the crumbs on top is just one version. Stove top mac 'n' cheese is a legit alternative. I actually prefer it for its creamier texture.

That said, in this situation, a basic pasta shape or two and a selection of sauces is a good idea for feeding a large group with differing tastes.
I was thinking more along the lines of panko, already crisped (pan sauted) pancetta and fresh grated parm as the topping.

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I see. As a separate option as a topping.
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Thanks so much guys! Actually what we will be doing is serving the pasta in martini glasses and the guests can choose their sauce and then top it how they like (sun dried tomatoes, bacon bits, bread crumbs, scallions, etc). This is easiest for us as we are serving a variety of our favorite foods in small portions. Similar to tapas style. =)
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