George Duran’s Fiery Tomato-Basil Mac n Cheese

Celebrity chef George Duran (host of TLC’s The Ultimate Cake Off) will be appearing on HSN this Monday, February 4th 9-10AM EST to share his twist on the average mac n cheese, with his recipe for Fiery Tomato-Basil Mac n Cheese, with the go-to Hispanic cookware and appliance line, IMUSA (available in Target). The link to watch via live stream is http://www.hsn.com/watch-hsn-live_xh.aspx?o=!LNONAIR&cm_re=LeftNav-_-OnAirNow_Live-_-link&ocm=oan.

As a sneak peek to Monday, here is George’s recipe!
George Duran’s Fiery Tomato-Basil Mac n Cheese, courtesy of IMUSA:

1 lb. macaroni (elbow)
Kosher Salt
2 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 cup packed fresh basil, chopped
1 stick butter
½ cup flour
5 cups whole milk
4 cups (16 oz) sharp cheddar, grated

For Topping:
1 ½ cup Italian Style breadcrumbs
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
Basil leaves for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 F.

Bring 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil and add salt to taste. Then, add macaroni and stir gently allowing it boil for about 7 minutes until “al dente.” Remove from heat, drain well and place in an extra large bowl. Add both cans of diced tomatoes and chopped basil; mix with a rubber spatula; set aside. For béchamel sauce, start by making a roux in a medium stock pot. Melt butter under medium heat and whisk in flour. Keep whisking for under medium heat until roux is browned, about 5-6 minutes. Add 2 tsp salt. Gently whisk in the milk until properly combined. Constantly whisk the sauce until it thickens and begins to simmer, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and add 4 cups of cheddar. Gently mix it with a rubber spatula until completely melted. Combine cheese sauce and macaroni and pour into a caldero (for best results use an IMUSA Evolution Nonstick Caldero). Make topping by combining all of the ingredients and spread it evenly on top of mac and cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes until top is golden brown. Serve and garnish with basil.
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