Mac and Cheese Pizza

2h 2 servings

2.5 dl water

20 g yeast

3 tbsp. olive oil

400 g strong flour

2 tsp. salt

 

200 g Stortini pasta

25 g butter

1.5 tbsp. plain flour

5 dl milk

2 tbsp. tomato paste

200 g grated + 100 g sliced Castello® Mature Cheddar

1 tbsp. dried oregano

1 tbsp. cayenne pepper

100 g pepperoni

100 g cherry tomatoes

Fresh basil

Salt and pepper

Mac and Cheese Pizza

Preparation

Pizza dough

Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water and add olive oil add salt. Slowly add flour and knead the dough for 10 minutes or until it is smooth and springy. Cover with a cloth and let the dough rise at room temperature for approx. 1 hour. Wait until the dough has risen to twice the size.

 

Mac and cheese

Preheat the oven to 230°C. Cook the Stortini pasta according to the packet instructions in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente. In a saucepan melt butter, add flour and tomato paste and stir until you get a paste. Slowly add milk while stirring. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 7 minutes. Add grated Castello Mature Cheddar and stir until the cheese has melted and you get a nice smooth sauce. Drain the pasta, mix with the sauce and season with oregano, Cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.

 

Divide the dough into two portions and roll out thin. Place each rolled out dough in a deep pan and bake for 5 minutes at 230°C. Remove from the oven and add a layer of mac and cheese on top of the pizza. Top with slices of cheddar, pepperoni and halved cherry tomatoes. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Finish with fresh basil and serve immediately.

 

The right combination

Tones of heat and spice from the cayenne pepper and pepperoni brightly contrasts the soft and buttery nuances from the cheese. The iconic macaroni and cheese taste translates perfectly onto pizza, and results in a creamy and smooth topping, worthy of having as leftovers. Spice up the weekend, or make it an extraordinary weeknight without having to spend forever in the kitchen. Our Mac and Cheese Pizza combines the best of both worlds, creating the ultimate in feel-good food.

 

 

 

 

 

Cheese demands attention, no matter what iteration it finds itself. This means that less than stellar cheese could result in a bland or frail flavour. Keeping the perfect balance between taste and texture, our Castello® Mature Cheddar sits perfectly in our recipe. A distinct bite ensures that this cheese carries the weight and holds up against the spice from the pepperoni, while the crumbly texture, from having aged, makes it dissolve easily and evenly. Pungent and peppery notes from the fresh basil binds everything together and immerses the pizza in a light aroma of fresh herbs.

 

A great dish, calls for an equally great partner. When pairing your Mac and Cheese Pizza with beer or wine, you should look to compliment the dominant flavour of the dish. Ultimately, your own preferences determine what you want to couple it with, even so, choosing a something that matches the flavours, results in a near unbeatable experience. Characterised by its delicate and vibrant aroma, a Pinot Noir matches perfectly with the sharp finish of our Castello® Mature Cheddar. For a more bold and strong bite, try a Cabernet Sauvignon with a darker, more fruity flavour. Look for a malty palate and mild bitterness if opting for a beer, i.e. Pale Ales, Brown Ales, etc.

 

Try our other variants

Not only is macaroni and cheese delicious as pizza topping, but it also makes for a great dish on its own. We at Castello® are passionate about our cheeses, and our macaroni and cheese recipes offer something for everyone.

 

Packed with savour and taste, our Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese displays soft notes of heat and sweetness, while our Butternut Mac and Cheese evokes flavours of sweet potatoes and buttery pumpkin. Keep it simple with our take on the classic Mac and Cheese recipe, or spice up birthday parties or picnics with our bite-sized Mac and Cheese Muffins.

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