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Dessert Mac and Cheese
Recipe Intro From casey_corn
This was one of my very first mac and cheese concept recipes, and it's also stuck around the longest. The aromas of baking spices combined with the comfort and familiarity of mac and cheese truly make this recipe a winner, and one that you'll keep coming back to.
I'll start right off by saying: this recipe is polarizing. People who came from cultures that eat rice pudding-type dishes are immediately into it…others seem totally disgusted. And I get it: mac and cheese is such a standard in American cuisine, and even the variations on it are rarely all that outrageous (I’m looking at you, caramelized onions, white cheddar and bacon, lobster mac and cheeses). This dessert has all the amazing baking spices flavors that warm up your nose and tummy in the wintertime, a bit of mascarpone for some creamy cheesiness, and also provides a sweet bechamel recipe, that you can use on other desserts. I like to serve it with a berry compote, but fresh fruit works great as well. -@casey_corn


Prep time 25mins
Cook time 20mins
Yield: Serves or Makes 6-8
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  • 1 box pasta, any shape
  • 1/2 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 11/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 each whole cloves
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 2 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, grated, plus more for sprinkling
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling on top
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 8 ounces mascarpone


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375F.

  • Step 2

    Combine cream, milk, spices, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and heat on low to infuse flavors, about 10 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, Cook pasta for 2 minutes less than recommended cooking time. Strain, and run cold water through it to stop cooking.

  • Step 4

    In a medium saucepan, combine butter and flour and cook to create a roux. Once roux comes together, keep cooking until butter starts to brown and fragrant.

  • Step 5

    When roux is done, add milk mixture in batches through a strainer while whisking. Continue adding, cooking and whisking until your sauce won’t thicken anymore.

  • Step 6

    Turn heat off and stir in mascarpone. Add your pasta and stir to combine.

  • Step 7

    Transfer mac and cheese to a 9 x 13 baking dish, sprinkle top liberally with cinnamon and sugar and bake for 15-20 minutes, until bubbling. Remove from oven, and finish in broiler if you so choose.

  • Step 8

    Serve hot with berry compote.

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