Sure! Here’s a simple and delicious Cheese Gratin recipe that you can try:
4 cups of your favorite shredded cheese (Cheddar, Gruyere, Emmental, or a combination of cheeses work well)
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional, but adds a nice flavor)
2 cups cooked pasta (macaroni, penne, or any other small pasta)
Breadcrumbs (optional, for a crispy topping)
Fresh parsley or chives for garnish
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and whisk continuously to form a roux. Cook the roux for about 1-2 minutes until it’s lightly golden in color.
Gradually pour in the heavy cream while stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens and becomes smooth.
Add the garlic powder, ground nutmeg (if using), and season with salt and pepper according to your taste. Stir the sauce to incorporate the flavors.
Reduce the heat to low and start adding the shredded cheese in batches. Stir each batch until fully melted and the sauce is creamy and smooth.
Mix in the cooked pasta, making sure it’s evenly coated with the cheese sauce.
Transfer the cheesy pasta mixture to a greased baking dish or individual ramekins.
If you prefer a crunchy topping, sprinkle some breadcrumbs over the top.
Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly.
Once the cheese gratin is done baking, remove it from the oven, let it cool slightly, and garnish with chopped fresh parsley or chives for a pop of color and added freshness.
Your cheesy and creamy Cheese Gratin is now ready to serve! Enjoy it as a delicious side dish or even as a main course. It pairs well with a fresh green salad or some roasted vegetables. Happy cooking!