A few days ago as we sorted our food and winery photos we found our easy best Macaroni & Cheese recipe and it made us really hungry and we both envisioned the warm, gooey and cheese taste.
And now we have to admit to our weakness for rich creamy and over the top cheese delicious goodness and macaroni & cheese gives you a free rain to use all that in abundance. We really needed a comforting dish at this point since for several weeks now we have been working on our new website, moving all the pretty and interesting recipes and deleting the not so interesting or pretty ones so you do not have to see them anymore. Looking at all those food photos really made us hungry, but since we were short on time and very hungry we decided to make something rather quick and easy. There is something so wonderfully satisfying about cooking a really simple dish that you know will turn out well.
There are many Mac & Cheese recipes that excite us, not just because of the comforting delicious feeling you get when you take a bite of it. A simple mac & cheese brings you back to those carefree childhood days. Of course we have to add a splash of wine to this not so childish recipe to keep in theme with Wine Dine Daily! In this lighter version we do not use flour and the wine adds a little zippy, unique flavor.
When we found a bottle of Longoria Chardonnay we knew it would be a treat to pair it with our dinner. The good acidity and lovely flavors of pears, apples, and brown sugar would be very satisfying with any creamy pasta dish.
The bottle made us think back on a visit we had made some time ago to the Richard Longoria Wines tasting room in the picturesque town of Los Olivos, California. We sipped Chardonnay with Richard’s wife Diana in the garden next to the tasting room while a neighboring cat climbed the tree behind us and even jumped on the table to explore the scent of the wine bottle.
To make our Mac & Cheese more interesting we skipped the Béchamel sauce all together and added a little buttery Chardonnay. On top we just had to sprinkle our home made bread crumbs toasted with butter. Panko is good too but nothing else would have bee so satisfying.
We like to use Gruyère cheese because its mild flavor does not overpower the dish and melts fabulously. If you don’t like Gruyère, then a mild cheddar would be delicious too. A buttery Chardonnay with some acuity to cut the creaminess is just right for this dish or you can have a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
Wine Pairings: Longoria Chardonnay from the Santa Barbara County.