Colin’s Award-Winning Mac n’ Cheese Recipe

If you didn’t get the chance to taste our Caf√©¬†Team’s Grilled Pear, Brie and Pecan Mac n’ Cheese at this year’s Chester County Cook Off,¬†you’re in luck. Caf√© Chef,¬†Colin Brett, is sharing his¬†award-winning recipe for everyone to enjoy. Don’t have time to whip up a batch at home? Stop by our Sunflower Caf√©¬†this weekend¬†and grab some comfort food to go, while supplies last!

Create Your Own Award-Winning Mac n’ Cheese

Mac and Cheese Kimberton Whole Foods

What you’ll need
  • 1 lb. (about 2 cups) of fresh pasta¬†(we like to use Vera Pasta’s¬†fresh¬†ribbed penne)
  • 3 cups of your favorite cheeses (we chose brie,¬†cheddar and a little bit of¬†smoked gouda)
  • 1 cup organic¬†heavy cream, like¬†Seven Stars Farm Heavy Cream
  • Just a pinch of salt, pepper & nutmeg

Add your favorite addition (our favorite is grilled pear!)

Directions
  • While waiting for water to boil, chop cheeses into small chunks.
  • Pour heavy cream into a small bowl, before stirring in salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  • If using fresh pasta, cook in boiling water for up to 1 minute. For dry pasta, cook for 3-4 minutes less than the recommended cooking time on package.
  • Drain water from pot, then place pasta back into pot.
  • Add chopped cheeses and seasoned cream into large pot and stir in with pasta.
  • Pour contents of pot into a baking dish, cover and bake at 350¬į for 25 – 35 minutes.
 Baked Nut Topping
  • 1.5 cup of your favorite nut
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Directions
  • Place nuts in medium sized pot of boiling water. Stir in maple syrup, chosen sweetener and vanilla extract.
  • Allow mixture to boil down until water evaporates.
  • Lay pecans out on¬†baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Place baking sheet in a cool, dry place and allow nuts to dry for 24 hours.
  • The next day, heat oven to 325¬į and bake nuts until crispy (about 10 minutes).
  • Chop nuts into fine pieces, then sprinkle over the top of your mac n’ cheese masterpiece!

 *Always monitor nuts carefully to prevent burning.