Mac and cheese , primavera .
Two of my favorite spring recipes are mac and cheese and pasta .
A long time favorite of mine .
So I'm mashing up the two and making mac and cheese prima vera .
How good does that sound ?
I'm adding some vegetables to a pot containing butter and oil .
I just cut a bunch of asparagus into about two inch pieces and then I'll add some broccoli florets .
Primavera , of course means spring .
So I'm using spring vegetables and I also like to add garlic and green onion .
So I'll just scrape them in and for color .
I'm adding some red bell pepper .
Not exactly a famous spring vegetable , but sometimes I like to throw a little color in there just for fun .
I'm gonna stir it around just a bit and I'll add some salt and pepper .
Simple seasoning .
Spring vegetables don't need much .
I'm gonna stir and cook the veggies in the butter and oil for a few minutes .
These veggies look gorgeous .
They're still nice and crisp , but they're starting to turn really bright green .
I'm gonna add half a cup of white wine .
You can skip the wine and add broth if you prefer and I don't want to cook the vegetables too much .
So this is a pretty quick moving recipe .
So next comes two cups of whole milk .
Spring is not the time to skimp and use about three milk in your recipes .
And then about a half a cup of heavy cream salt and pepper .
And this sauce is gonna take a little bit of time to get hot and start to bubble up .
So I'm gonna grab another spring veggie out of the freezer , frozen peas .
You can use fresh peas if you have them .
I rarely have fresh peas .
There's something about my soil that is not conducive with growing peas .
I'm just fine with the frozen and I just pour them right in .
I'm cheating a little bit on the sauce and I'll show you how it's really easy .
First , I'm gonna put some cheeses into a bowl .
I've got a generous cup of white cheddar and a generous cup of fontina .
Now , by cheating , I mean , I'm gonna use cornstarch to help thicken the sauce rather than make a white sauce and take all that time .
Two teaspoons of corn starch and then I'll just use my fingers .
The cheese is totally coated and the sauce is now bubbling away , which means it's hot enough to add the cheese .
So I'm gonna add just a handful at a time and I'll stir it lightly and make sure it all gets incorporated .
Look at how thick .
It's got already .
It looks beautiful .
Needs a little more pepper .
I like to see those little flecks .
And before I stir in the pepper , I'm gonna go ahead and add the macaroni and for the macaroni , I'm using little shells now .
Drum roll , please .
I'll turn the heat off under the sauce .
Holy moly .
It looks so good .
The little shells are just capturing that sauce .
So to finish it off , I like to Sprinkle on green onions just all over .
There it is .
Mapple cheese , crema vera .