Got this recipe from the Nordstrom cookbook, so all credit goes to them! Everyone in my family loved this gourmet version of Mac'N'Cheese, even Lincoln. I also blended up a small portion for V the next morning and he ate it right up. Last thing, this recipe isn't the "healthiest" per se, but life is about balance, right?
1 pound orecchiette pasta
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 2/3 cups half-and-half
2/3 cup dry white wine
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Italian fontina d’Aosta or domestic fontina
Freshly ground white pepper
1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 pound crabmeat, preferably jumbo lump, picked over for shell bits
Finely chopped fresh chives for garnish
*A few notes about the ingredients...
I did all of my shopping at Whole Foods. For the crab, I purchased pasteurized crab that you can find in the seafood freezer section. I wouldn't purchase fresh jumbo lump crab from the seafood department because the good stuff is $$$$. Thus, the canned fresh, pasteurized crab in the seafood freezer section is the way to go. Also, for white wine, I used Pinot Grigio, I believe. This did the job. Lastly, I purchased the orecchiette pasta from the fresh pasta section in Whole Foods. While this made the recipe taste AMAZING, not sure I'd do it again due to price. Go for the generic stuff in the pasta aisle.