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Low-Fermentation Mac & Cheese

“This is a lovely mac and cheese to make and serve right out of the pot and topped with extra-crispy crumbs. Made with a roux, it is thick and creamy. However, it can get a little grainy when reheating, so we prefer to eat it right away.” —Houser

1. First, make the herbed bread crumbs: Heat the ghee in a small sauté pan. When melted, add all the ingredients and toast until crispy and golden.

2. Then make the mac and cheese: Over medium-low heat, melt the ghee in a large saucepan, add the flour, and cook until the flour is a very light brown and smells nutty.

3. Add the milk cup by cup, whisking between additions. It will become very thick at first and then get watery as you add more milk.

4. When all the milk has been added and there are no lumps, add the cheese by the handful, whisking and making sure each addition is fully melted and incorporated before adding another handful. Make sure the mixture never reaches a full simmer.

5. When all the cheese has been added, season with the mustard, nutmeg, and salt. Let cook over low heat until the mixture is thick and creamy.

6. Warm the pasta, pour the cheese sauce over the top of the pasta in the pasta pot, and mix thoroughly. Move the pasta and sauce mixture into a serving bowl and top with the bread crumbs. Serve immediately.

Reprinted with permission from The Good LFE Cookbook, Agate, 2022.