Caramelized Shallot and Crispy Sage Macaroni and Cheese

Happy Halloween! We’re currently putting the final touches on Apolinaras’ costume and I’m hoping I can convince him to let me post a few pictures, but I don’t want to push my luck too much. I’m very excited that I even convinced him to dress up – this is only his second time doing so in our 8 years together! It rained several days this week and I couldn’t help but think back to the year my brother was a green stegosaurus. Our grandma, who was very passionate about sewing, always made our Halloween costumes, so we were in the fortunate position to be anything that we could dream up. Richard went through a period of wanting to work at a museum and decided to be a dinosaur one year. His costume was adorable, but he had a long tail that was filled with stuffing like a pillow and it rained that Halloween. His entire tail got completely soaked and became so heavy that the poor little guy had a lot of trouble lugging it around behind him, so we didn’t haul in very much candy that year. I’m happy the weather is supposed to be clear tomorrow so all the little trick or treaters can enjoy themselves!

Whenever it’s gloomy and rainy out, I always start craving mac & cheese. I’m a tiny bit embarrassed to admit that I usually just make the stuff from the blue box (in my defense, it’s actually pretty tasty with a few modifications – I use half the amount of butter, add buttermilk, and tons of cheddar cheese). But, I recently made the real deal for the first time and it was definitely worth the extra effort. The caramelized shallots, crispy sage, and buttermilk make this version extra delicious and indulgent, and I love the cute orecchiette pasta.

p.s. I’m submitting this to Natasha’s 5 Star Mac & Cheese Makeover! Be sure to check out her blog soon for the round up!

Caramelized Shallot and Crispy Sage Macaroni and Cheese
Printable Recipe

1 pound orecchiette pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped shallots
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded gruyere cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh sage

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Briefly, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender and drain.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add shallots and cook 15 to 17 minutes, stirring frequently, or until caramelized. Add garlic and sauté one additional minute.

Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth and cook one minute or until mixture starts to brown. Whisk in buttermilk and cream, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and mix in cheddar cheese, gruyere cheese, and salt. Cook 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.

Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a small pan over medium heat. Add sage and turn off heat.

Mix orecchiette pasta, caramelized shallots, cheese sauce, and crispy sage in a large bowl until well combined. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition: 685 calories, 41.2g fat, 2.2g fiber, 24.8g protein per serving
Cost: $1.85 per serving

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60 Responses to Caramelized Shallot and Crispy Sage Macaroni and Cheese

  1. diva says:

    this recipe’s great! i love this take on mac and cheese with herbs. happy halloween! x

  2. elra says:

    Delicious and mouth watering, very silky looking and making me hungry.

  3. Adam says:

    So it’s been raining there non-stop too? It’s getting crazy. I think the world is going to run out of cheese if this keeps up :) While I do like your own version, I’ll admit to having the blue box while growing up a bit too. You can’t knock the 5 mins it takes to put together, as long as you modify it :)

  4. grace says:

    you should’ve withheld this awesome take on mac & cheese until he promised to allow pictures of the costume! i hope we can see it, but if we can’t, the recipe for this batch of cheesy goodness will suffice. :)

  5. CaSaundra says:

    I love putting new and scrumptious twists on the good ol’ Mac n cheese. Yours sounds great!

    Happy Halloween!

  6. Awesome mac & cheese! Are you going to send it over to my mac & cheese makeover? This would be a perfect entry! The round up’s on Monday, so let me know!

  7. Meghan says:

    Very cute story about your little brother! We had torrential downpours in Chicago yesterday and I had to walk home in it – 1.5 miles of shoes that were filled with water. I can only imagine how heavy a tail would be, hehe :)

    Your mac and cheese looks great!!! I like the blue box stuff too (I use Brummel & Brown and reduce the amount substantially). Yours looks so creamy and delicious!!!

  8. donna says:

    Gloomy and rainy does call for a delicious comforting cheesy meal like this.

  9. Natashya says:

    Mmm, grown-up mac and cheese!
    So glad it has stopped raining for you, it is just clearing up here too. Happy Halloween!

  10. Astra Libris says:

    Mmmm, I love how your mac and cheese is perfectly posh and comforting all at the same time! Glorious!

    I’m crossing my fingers in hopes for costume photos… :-) Happy Halloween!

  11. Danielle says:

    Great twist on mac and cheese!

  12. you had me at buttermilk… I LOVe everything about this recipe, sounds amazing

  13. rita says:

    that sounds and looks so amazing. i love annie’s mac and cheese, but of course homemade (and with gruyere) is always better.

  14. Reeni says:

    This looks incredibly delicious and creamy! I love your flavor additions! This beats the box any day!

  15. Joanne says:

    There are definitely times that mac and cheese just speaks to me, and I’ve always felt that once you go homemade, it is really hard to go back. All of your additions to this sound so good! Perfect for a rainy day craving.

    It sounds like you guys are going to have a fun Halloween. I hope we get to see some pictures!

  16. Sophie says:

    What a tasty dish!! MMMMMMMMMM,…!!!

    Dear Kerstin,

    I just gave you an award!! Check out my latest post!!! Come over & pick it up, please!!

  17. rebecca says:

    wow what a fab meal and lovely blog came over from Sophies

  18. heather says:

    holy cow! that looks AMAZING! i want to lick my computer screen!!

  19. Kerstin says:

    Thanks everyone!

    Natasha – Thanks for the reminder, I just edited the post so this recipe can be included :)

  20. Emily Rose says:

    this sounds amazing!! i think i’m going to try it out this week, but i might sub some of the cream for whole milk. What a fabulous idea to add sage and shallots to this classic dish- you are so creative!!

  21. megan says:

    Pure comfort food. Love the crispy sage and Gruyere cheese. Great job Kerstin! I’m drooling over this mac and cheese. :)

  22. Amy says:

    What a great twist! I love carmelized shallots…they are such a perfect addition!

  23. Megan says:

    This sounds absolutely amazing! Shallots, sage, gruyere… I love them all!

  24. peachkins says:

    This gives te usual mac and cheese soem “ooooomph”

  25. Sophie says:

    Dear kerstin, Dobn’t forget your award at my latest post!! Come over & pick it up!!

  26. dawn says:

    love the sage addition–very clever!!

  27. Biz says:

    Love the addition to sage in this dish! And its perfect timing – one of my co-workers was taking down his garden over the weekend and gave me a whole bag of fresh sage! :D

  28. ingrid says:

    LOL, I remember seeing photos of your brother so reading about his soggy tail was even funnier! Hope I get to see photos of your honey!

  29. Kelly says:

    Sounds delicious. My boyfriend isn’t much for dressing up like your husband. I convinced him to buy a costume once from Target, but he never actually wore it. That looks delicious. I Love, LOVE, Love caramelized onions. I’m curious about the buttermilk though. I’ve never used it in mac and cheese before.

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  31. Blond Duck says:

    I saw this on the 5 star round up… are the macaroni queen!

  32. girlichef says:

    Oh wow…this sounds absolutely amazing!! Such amazing, grown-up flavors…pass me a bowl :D

  33. This sounds incredible and very unique!!!!!!!!!! So do we get to see pics of your man dressed up?

  34. Nicole says:

    Holy cow! I love all mac and cheese recipes but this one is one of the best I’ve seen by far! I love how you added caramelized shallots and sage – awesome! You are so creative and know how to make your readers drool….

  35. Liesl says:

    This looks so delicious!!! I love sharp white cheddar!

  36. sophia says:

    ohmigosh. I saw this at 5-Star Foodie. It looks amazing! Caramelized shallots? And sage!!! And white cheddar! Wow what a combination!

  37. Wendy says:

    It looks wonderful! I’ve been thinking I need to make mac and cheese because I have a ton of cheese leftover from my pizza party.

  38. Muneeba says:

    I am always in the mood for mac n cheese … and this looks soooooo good … almost wanna weep with joy just THINKING about what it would taste like!

  39. Shannon says:

    ooh, sounds fabulous! love crispy sage :) and your buttermilk addition to the unmentionable box is a great idea!

  40. elly says:

    This looks absolutely fabulous! So creamy and delicious and I love the combo of gruyere and cheddar. Mmm.

  41. Stephanie says:

    That looks so delicious! Wish I could have some right now!!

  42. The idea of sage in it….wins me over

  43. Debbie says:

    Looks delicious and what a great combination!

  44. cheffresco says:

    Mmm that is the best looking mac&cheese! Gruyere is the best!

  45. Eralda says:

    Yummy! I love mac and cheese, in any form…even the blue box :) This looks delicious and a perfect entry for the roundup!

  46. Homemade mac and cheese can’t be beat. The crispy sage sounds delicious in this.

  47. KS says:

    Made this recipe with a couple variations. I added a some garlic alouette and parm to the cheese sauce, and then I baked it off with a panko/butter/parm topping. Easily was the best m&c I’d ever had.

  48. Kerstin says:

    KS – I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Great idea to bake it with a yummy crunchy topping too!

  49. Elizabeth F. says:

    This looks great! I love mac n cheese of any variety and this is no exception – great job!

  50. Brian says:

    I made your recipe last night – picked up thyme instead of sage by accident, but added a little bit of dried sage and about 1t of finely chopped thyme and everything came out great! Coupled with warmed, toasted loaf of rustic bread – this has to be my favorite mac and cheese, ever. Wonder if adding some crispy pancetta would be a good addition? Thank you so much for the recipe!

  51. Kerstin says:

    Brian – Yay, I’m glad it turned out well for you! And yes, I think adding crispy pancetta is a great idea because it’s one of those ingredients that makes everything better :)

  52. Ryan says:

    Holy cow…I can’t wait to make this this weekend. This looks AMAZING!

  53. Muneeba says:

    I finally made this … and just licked my plate clean! So my very next step was to come here and THANK YOU for it!!! This dish is genius. I adore it, and just wanted to tell you that it made my day :)

  54. Kerstin says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it Muneeba! I always lick the plate too :)

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