'The Newlywed Kitchen', a cookbook perfect for two


by New Day Producers


Posted on June 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 13 at 3:29 PM

June is the most popular month for weddings - and with all those new couples out there the new cookbook, "The Newlywed Kitchen", comes at a perfect time. It features fun and easy recipes-- perfect for two!

Today, Lorna Yee makes the award-winning four mac-and-cheese, recipe below!

Serves 2-4
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 4 strips bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
3/4 cup (about 1 medium) finely chopped sweet yellow onion
2 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons dry white wine
1 1/4 cups half-and-half
1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram (or ¾ tsp chopped fresh marjarom)
3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 pound fresh, whole-milk mozzarella, cubed
1/4 pound blue cheese (such as Stilton or Roquefort), crumbled
1/4 pound Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
1/4 pound Gruyère, grated
Kosher salt
1/2 pound pasta, cooked, drained, and kept hot
1/2 cup panko (or substitute regular bread crumbs)
Chives or parsley, for garnish (optional)
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the bacon and cook until crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain, reserving the drippings in the pan.
 Add 2 tablespoons of the butter to the skillet, then add the onions and sauté for 7 to 8 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Stir in the flour and the wine, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the half-and-half, marjoram, thyme, red pepper flakes, pepper, mozzarella, blue cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Gruyère. Stir until the cheeses melt into the cream sauce and the sauce begins to bubble and thicken. Taste the sauce and if necessary, season with the salt. Add the cooked pasta, mixing thoroughly to coat with the sauce.
In a small skillet, toast the panko with the remaining butter until it is golden brown and crisp.
Season with a tiny pinch of pepper and salt, if desired.
Spoon the pasta into big bowls and top with a generous amount of panko and a sprinkle of bacon.
Garnish with a few snipped chives, if desired.

If you'd like to buy the book for yourself or for a gift, visit their website here.