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Palazzio's macaroni and cheese

Palazzio's macaroni and cheese
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: I was in Santa Barbara recently for a little vacation and stopped at Palazzio. Loved everything we had there, but especially loved the mac and cheese pie. It was incredibly rich, but so delicious. I'm especially curious as ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes | Serves 8 to 12
Note: Adapted from Palazzio in Santa Barbara.
  • 2 pounds penne pasta
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 4 cups shredded smoked mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 3 ounces prosciutto, diced
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees and bring a large pot of water to boil.

Step 2Add the pasta to the water and cook to al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes, or according to the package instructions. Drain.

Step 3While the pasta is cooking, in a large bowl combine the heavy cream with 3 cups each of the Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, the Gorgonzola cheese, the prosciutto and the eggs.

Step 4After draining the pasta, turn it into a large bowl and toss with the cheese mixture to coat evenly. Spread the pasta into a 13-by-9-inch greased baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses over the pasta to top.

Step 5Cover the baking dish tightly with a greased layer of foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the topping is lightly browned, an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and cool slightly before serving.

Each of 12 servings:
725 calories; 37 grams protein; 60 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 38 grams fat; 22 grams saturated fat; 199 mg cholesterol; 4 grams sugar; 1,037 mg sodium.
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