I was desperately craving my Mom's mac & cheese with hot dogs for weeks, so I decided to make it with some yummy, grown-up twists. It came out better than any mac & cheese I've ever tasted and I couldn't stop eating it! Just thinking about it is making me salivate...Mmm... creamy!
I like to buy gigantic blocks of Dubliner Irish Cheddar at Costco because you can get a block the size of your arm for under $6. I'm always so shocked at the price because a tiny block that fits in your palm is more than that at the grocery store! Crazy! I got my Chianti Salami at Trader Joe's, but I'm sure you can find something similar at Whole Foods or your local fancy grocer.
1 box of medium shells or elbow macaroni, cooked
2 cups white Irish cheddar cheese, cubed or shredded (I prefer Dubliner)
4 oz cream cheese
4 Tbs butter
4 Tbs flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups milk
1 tube Chianti flavored salami, about 2 cups chopped, casing removed (or similar meat product of your choice)
2 cups frozen peas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in pan over low heat. Add flour, salt, and pepper to form a roux. When smooth, add milk slowly. Bring to a boil and keep stirring. When it is thickened, add cheeses, stirring to melt. Mix with cooked pasta.
Mix in salami and peas. Bake in a 9x9 inch baking dish for 30-35 minutes or until crispy on top.
Enjoy! I know all my cheese loving friends will!