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Author Notes: I'm a huge fan of bourbon and will add it to nearly everything. This is what happened when I added it to my "fancy" mac & cheese recipe: magic. It makes a great side dish to blackened catfish or BBQ chicken or ribs. The amount of cheese can be altered based on taste. —JulietteMiranda
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1-1 1/2 cups room temperature heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons bourbon (I use Jim Beam)
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 2 tablespoons cajun seasonings
- 1 box of cavatappi pasta
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- butter to grease pan
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup gouda cheese, shredded. (Smoked gouda works well, too)
- 1/2 cup Jarlesberg cheese, shredded
- 5 slices of prociutto
- Cook pasta to al dente. Butter a large casserole dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake prociutto slices until crisp.
- Make standard bechamel sauce: melt butter in heavy-bottomed sauce pan. Sift flour into butter and cook, stirring constantly until paste cooks. Whisk in 1 and 1/4 cup heavy cream and bring to a light boil. Simmer, stirring constantly.
- Stir in bourbon, then ground mustard and Cajun seasonings. Add salt & pepper to taste.
- Stir in cheeses in small batches, allowing each batch to melt before adding another. If needed, add more cream to achieve desired consistency.
- Drain pasta. Add a single layer of pasta to casserole dish and pour 1/2 of the cheese sauce over. Add another layer of pasta, pour remaining cheese sauce over. Mix well. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake uncovered for 8-10 minutes, just long enough to cook pasta through and mingle with sauce. Remove from over, and sprinkle with crushed prociutto. Serve immediately.