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Winexpert LE20 Kimchi Mac & Cheese

Winexpert LE20 Kimchi Mac & CheeseWinexpert LE20 Kimchi Mac & Cheese

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WE 2020 Limited Edition Synergy (Lodi, California)

INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp butter 1 tbsp all-purpose flour 1 large clove garlic, grated 1 1/2 cups milk (whole or 2% preferred) 2 cups grated old Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup cream cheese 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper (or to taste) 10 oz dry macaroni (about 4 cups cooked) 1 cup chopped kimchi 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon (optional)
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 tbsp melted butter Sliced green onions (optional)

Directions: (Yields 4 -6 Servings)

Preheat oven to 400F.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Add flour and garlic; cook for 1 minute. Whisking, add milk and bring to a simmer, stirring until thickened. Stir in Cheddar and cream cheese until smooth; season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
Meanwhile, cook macaroni in a large pot of boiling salted water for 1 minute less than package timing indicates. Measure out and reserve 1/4 cup cooking water; drain well. Stir macaroni with cheese sauce, kimchi, bacon (if using) and reserved pasta cooking water. Spread into a buttered, 8-cup casserole dish.

Topping: Toss panko with Parmesan and butter; sprinkle over dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling and golden. Garnish with green onions.

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