I was recently asked if I had to choose between pasta, rice, or potatoes which one do I enjoy more. Simply answer: pasta. I LOVE pasta. Its so versatile and delicious. Ok, so its a personal preference but let me ask you this: Do you like Mac n' Cheese? If your answer is "no" then we may have some serious problems. If your answer is "yes" then please proceed reading.
I find the satisfaction level of a mac n' cheese similar to the craving/satisfaction level of donuts. Let me clarify. If you're craving a glazed donut, a powdered one isn't going to satisfy. The same logic goes towards mac n' cheese. If your craving brand name shells and cheese then this gourmet version may not fulfill your taste buds. However, for a sunday dinner, this mac n' cheese is a must-have.
Fresh herbs, mushrooms, and two kinds of cheese round out this pasta. The original recipe called for white cheddar and gruyere cheeses. Now I'm all over some white cheddar cheese but HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRICE OF GRUYERE?!? Holy mackerel!! My idea of budgeting is putting my foot down on a $15 small block of cheese for Macaroni! Needless to say, I substituted the gruyere for a delicious smoked gouda.
Oh, and even though the recipe is called "Mac N' Cheese", I didn't use macaroni pasta. If your a by-the-book kind of cook, knock yourself out with some macaroni. Personally, I like to use different pasta shapes.
Last but not least, don't leave out the nutmeg.
Mushroom Herb Mac N' Cheese
Recipe adapted from Annies Eats