This Steak and Cheddar Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food – and it’s the perfect match for a glass of red wine. Enjoy!
- 14 ounces whole wheat elbow macaroni (or other pasta)
- 6 tablespoons butter, divided
- 16 ounces sirloin steak, cut into small pieces
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
- 4 tablespoons flour (can use whole wheat)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup water or broth (only if needed)
- a bottle or two of Barefoot Malbec for serving
- Pasta: Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside (toss with oil to prevent sticking).
- Steak: Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large, sturdy skillet over medium low heat. Continue to heat the butter until it’s barely browned (this just gives it more flavor). Turn the heat up to medium high and add the steak pieces – do not stir or shake for 30-45 seconds. Flip the steak pieces and cook for another minute or two, until the steak is done to your liking. Remove from heat and keep warm.
- Sauce: Melt the remaining butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and parsley – saute for about a minute, being careful not to burn or brown the garlic. Add the flour and salt – saute for another minute or two. Add the milk slowly, whisking to incorporate with the flour/butter mixture. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce is bubbling and has thickened slightly. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
- Assembly: Stir the pasta together with the cheese sauce and add the steak. Stir in extra water or broth if the consistency needs a little thinning out. Season with more salt and pepper, or if you’re really awesome, drizzle truffle oil over the whole thing. OMG I did that. Serve with a glass of rich, velvety Barefoot Malbec!