Makes 6 portions
250g / 8.82 oz macaroni pasta
- 30ml / 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
For the golden crumb
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 40g / 1.41oz lightly salted butter, melted
For the cheese sauce
50g / 1.76 oz unsalted butter
- 50g / 1.76 oz plain flour
- 750ml / 25.36 fl oz milk
- ¼ tsp ground white pepper
- 150g / 5.29 oz grated gruyere
- 150g / 5.29 oz freshly grated mozzarella
- ½ cup parmesan, grated
- salt to taste
- 15g / 0.53 oz unsalted butter to brush into the baking dish
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
Bring a large pot of water to the boil and cook the macaroni as recommended on the packet instructions. Boil for 1 minute less than suggested. Strain the pasta, return it to the pot and add the olive oil. Gently toss to coat the pasta and allow it to cool.
Place the breadcrumbs into a bowl and pour in the butter. Mix with your fingers and set aside.
Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the flour. Stir to mix and cook gently for 30 seconds. Warm the milk and add one cup, stirring well. When smooth and thick, add the remaining milk and whisk until smooth. Add in the salt, pepper, and grated parmesan. Stir to combine. Remove from the heat, allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
Brush a low sided baking dish with the melted butter. Spread a quarter of the grated gruyere and mozzarella cheese into the bottom of the dish. Place the remaining cheese and the cheese sauce over the pasta. Gently fold together, then place into the baking dish. Cover the top with a layer of aluminum foil (shiny side up). Place the pasta into the KILN and set the main burner to low. If using the KILN R Series, ensure the boost burner is on. Bake for 25 minutes or until hot.
Remove the pasta from the KILN, remove the foil and sprinkle the crumb mix evenly over the pasta. Place back into the KILN. Bake for several minutes or until the top turns a light golden-brown color. Remove, top with the parsley, and serve.
*If using the KILN R Series, ensure you deactivate the rotating turntable when inserting and removing dish from the oven*
*If using the KILN S Series, ensure you regularly rotate the dish when cooking, to avoid burning it*