How to Give a Regular Mac and Cheese a Twist

Macaroni and cheese is the go-to dish mothers or anyone on the go can easily whip up for dinner. Both kids and adults love it and it is very easy to make. Anyone can actually do the mac and cheese staple but then again, you can do something different to give it by giving it a twist like smothering it with glorious cheese that you could serve even on romantic date nights.

One variation that has caught the fancy of many is by adding shrimp to this famous recipe and using three kinds of cheese, thus the name three-cheese shrimp pasta.

You would need:

  • 12 ounces of macaroni or penne
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk, heated
  • A dash of salt
  • White pepper
  • ½ teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1 cup grated Fontina
  • 1 cup frated Gruyere
  • 1 cup grated parmesan plus ¼ cup for topping
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cook your pasta according to package directions. In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.
  3. Add flour and cook and stir it constantly for about two minutes. Add in hot milk and whisk constantly until sauce is thickened.
  4. Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Add in the cheese and pesto, then add the pasta and shrimp and mix. No need to wait for the cheese to melt. Just make sure you mix the ingredients well. The trick to this recipe is the right kind of cheese so make sure you get
  5. Take it off the heat and place it in a baking dish. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs and top it with the rest of the Parmesan.
  6. Melt the remaining butter and drizzle it on top. Place it in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the sauce bubbles.
  7. Finish it off with parsley and it is ready to serve.
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Italy in a Sandwich

bufala mozzarella cheese - idealcheeseOne need not go far to have an authentic Italian gourmet experience. You can actually have an Italian lunch right on your very kitchen.

All you need is bread slices, arugula a slice or two of prosciutto and most importantly, Bufala Mozzarella — the cheese that will make the difference. With a bit of olive oil on both sides of the bread, add in the arugula and prosciutto. Spray some olive oil on a pan and start grilling the sandwich pushing it with a spatula. Browning the bread will take about three minutes each side. Enough to melt the cheese a bit. Lo and behold, Italian food!

While Mozzarella is equated to Italy. Bufala Mozzarella is a special and rare kind of cheese, which actually originated from Italy. Made out of milk from water buffalos, Its early beginnings was traced back into the 12th century, when these animals thrived in the countryside. Before the Italians discovered the culinary benefits of the water buffalos’ milk, they were used to plow the fields.

There were cows, yes. But while cows milk was drank, the buffalos’ were especially made into cheese.

Also, unlike the cow’s milk, buffalos’ milk is more porcelain-white and tastes more delicate. It is typically round-shaped and it produces a white, watery fluid when sliced.

In present time, the Bufala Mozzarella cheese has become one of the most loved kind of cheese in all the food-lovers, cheese-eating connoisseur that is an important ingredient in a lot of dishes. Usually, when one says Italian, the Bufala Mozzarella right away comes to mind.

Italian food like pizza, pasta, vegetable and meat dishes comes perfect with Bufala Mozzarella.

It always tastes fresh as it is expected to be consumed days after it is produced. One of the more common and easiest ways to eat Bufala Mozzarella is to simply sprinkle olive oil and fresh pepper on the small balls of the cheese and place tomatoes, basil and oregano on the side.

The fresher the Bufala Mozzarella, the better. Make sure you get the freshest from trusted online stores.

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