Just when you thought macaroni and cheese couldn't get any better, along comes mac & cheese combined with delicious caramelized onions.
Can you say "decadent"?
I saw this recipe over at Savory Simple and was about ready to lick my computer monitor staring at the photos. I made a few changes and down sized the recipe to only make 2 servings. If you want to have a look at the original recipe then pop over to Savory Simple.
Do yourself a favor and DO NOT look up the nutritional values. Trust me when I say this is one of those times you just want to enjoy, indulge, and not think about calories.
We all need a wonderful treat like this every once in a while.
French Onion Soup Mac & Cheese For 2
(Adapted from Savory Simple)
1 large onion, sliced thin
2 tsp butter
1 tsp olive oil
generous sprinkle sea salt
1 Tbsp red wine
1 cup macaroni
1/2 Tbsp butter
1/2 Tbsp flour
3/4 cup milk
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup aged cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tsp dried chives
2 tsp Panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350. Spray 2, single serving, oven safe dishes with cooking spray. Set aside.
Prepare onions: In a medium frying pan over medium-low heat, add onions, butter, olive oil, and sea salt.
Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. Add in red wine to deglaze pan and continue to cook the onions until they are golden brown - about another 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and set aside.
Prepare pasta: Cook pasta according to package directions. When done, drain and set aside.
Prepare cheese sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together butter and flour until a smooth paste forms. Slowly pour in milk, a little at a time, whisking the entire time. Bring sauce just to a boil and remove from heat.
Stir in garlic, cheeses, and chives. Keep stirring until cheese has melted and sauce is smooth.
Assemble the dish: Stir cooked pasta into the cheese sauce. Spoon the pasta evenly into the 2 prepared dishes.
Top each dish with 1/2 of the caramelized onions.
Sprinkle each with 1 tsp of the Panko bread crumbs.
Bake at 350 until bubbly and top has browned, about 20 minutes.
*cue angels singing*
Now THAT is how you do mac & cheese, my friends.
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