Deadly 3 Cheese Mac n Cheese

Holy Moly I scored big on this one.  Right cheese blend and totally creamy.

1 bag of macaroni pasta (750g)

1 small onion (diced)

1/2 crown of broccoli (diced)

~300g of picnic ham (diced)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

1 1/4 cup cheddar cheese (grated)

1 1/4 cup pizza mozzarella (grated)

1/2 cup smoked gouda (grated)

2 tbsp butter

2 to 3 tbsp AP flour

473ml whipping cream (~2c)

Salt and Pepper

Bread Crumbs

 

Ok.  In a med sauce pan saute the onion, broccoli, ham and garlic.  Only about 5 to 7 minutes.  They dont have to be right cooked soft because the whole mess is going into the oven.  In the meantime get a pot of salted water going for your pasta.  Drop your pasta when the water boils and cook as per instructions minus a minute.  You want them a little under done because again, whole mess goes in the oven.  Once your veg/meat mix is done set it aside in a bowl.  Wipe out that same pan and make a roux with the butter and flour.  Make sure you cook it out for a minute before adding your cream.  Slowly in small batches add the cream, making sure to combine the previous addition before adding more.  Once about half the cream has been incorporated you can add the second half in larger portions.  Once you have your basic bechamel toss in your cheese (reserving 1/4c of the cheddar and mozzarella for topping) and stir until creamy.  Toss in your veg/meat mix and stir for 2 minutes.  Once all the flavors have mixed tast and season with salt and pepper.  I’d wait until now to season because both the cheese and the ham bring salt to the party.  Your pasta will also carry some salt so it should be just to taste at this point.  If you havent already done so drain that pasta and throw it back into it’s pot.  Now dump that evil good cheese sauce over the pasta and stir.  Taste once more for seasoning before dumping it into a heatproof baking dish.  Now at this point if you aren’t feeding 10 people you can refrigerate or freeze a portion.  Once in the heatproof dish sprinkle the remaining cheese and a bit of breadcrumb over the top.  Bake at 425f for about 20 mins or until the cheese on top is nice and bubbly and the breadcrumbs have browned.  Let stand a while before serving cuz she is HOT.  Have fun!