Sweet Heat Pork with Five Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

1
Debbie Reid

By
@Sirbarney

A dressed up macaroni and cheese dish, but easy to prepare. There is some left over macaroni and cheese after cutting the 4 servings, but it is great for lunch the next day!

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
4
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
45 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 oz
    finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 c
    panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 8 oz
    macaroni
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter
  • 1 tsp
    minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 c
    milk
  • 8 oz
    sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 oz
    fontina cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz
    bleu cheese, crumbled
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 oz
    grape tomatoes, diced
  • 2 Tbsp
    minced fresh chives
  • 12 oz
    store bought prepared sauceless pulled pork
  • 1/4 c
    ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp
    hot sauce
  • 6 Tbsp
    agave nectar
  • ·
    garnish: additional crumbled bleu cheese

How to Make Sweet Heat Pork with Five Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray an 8” x 8” x 2” baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the parmesan cheese and panko, toss to combine. Add in the melted butter, mix to fully incorporate; set aside.
  3. Bring 2 - 3 quarts of water to a rolling boil over high heat, add in the pasta and salt to taste, and cook according to package directions just shy of al dente, drain; set aside.
  4. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add in the minced garlic, cook for 1 minute. Add in the flour, cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add in the milk, lower heat to medium-low and cook until thickened, approximately 3 - 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add in the cheddar, fontina, bleu and cream cheeses, stir until all the cheeses have melted into sauce. Add in the nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, mix to fully combine. Add in the reserved pasta, tomatoes, and chives, mix to fully combine.
  5. Transfer to the prepared baking dish, top evenly with the parmesan/panko mixture. Place in preheated oven and bake until bubbly and topping is golden brown, approximately 25 minutes. Remove from oven, cool for 5 minutes.
  6. After macaroni and cheese has cooked, heat pork according to package directions. Combine in a medium bowl the ketchup, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, hot sauce, agave nectar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add in the heated pork, mix to combine.
  7. To serve: After macaroni and cheese has cooled for 5 minutes, use a 3-inch cookie or biscuit cutter to cut 4 circles of macaroni and cheese (see note below). Place each serving of macaroni and cheese onto serving plate, top evenly with the pork, and garnish with bleu cheese crumbles.
  8. Note: To easily remove the macaroni and cheese circles from the baking dish, use a 3-inch cookie or biscuit cutter, leave the cutter around the mac and cheese, carefully use a small spatula to remove the cutter and mac and cheese from the pan, place onto serving platter, then remove the cutter. Continue this process for all 4 servings.

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About Sweet Heat Pork with Five Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

Course/Dish: Pasta Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #cheese #macaroni



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