Mac & Rinds
#WhyWasteFood Wednesday is a call to action to take those almost-in-the-trash food items and turn them into delicious meals!
At least 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year around the world—in fields, during transport, in storage, at restaurants, and in our homes! If each individual made a call to action to stop their own food waste–the planet benefits, we have less hunger, and your own grocery bills will go down through the savings.UN Food & Agricultural
Scraps: Cheese Rinds, Stale Bread
Enjoying a selection of cheese is always a treat, but often leaves leftovers with no set purpose. With such offerings, let’s make a béchamel with all those ends. Rich and delicious, it’s sure to be enjoyed!
- 2 cups (500 ml) milk
- 1 cup (225 g) cheese trimmings
- ¼ cup (56 g) butter
- ½ cup (65 g) flour
- Salt to taste
- 1¾ cups (250 g) macaroni
- ½ cup (120 g) cheddar or mozzarella
- ¼ cup (30 g) bread crumbs
- ¼ cup (60 g) parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
- Gently simmer the milk over medium heat with the cheese trimmings in a medium-sized pot for about 15 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot and burning. Strain and set aside.
- In a separate medium-sized pot, melt the butter and add the flour.
- Cook on low heat until the butter and flour comes together. Continue to cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until the raw flour taste disappears.
- Slowly drizzle the infused milk and cheese mixture into the flour, whisking continuously to prevent lumps from forming. Simmer gently until the mixture comes together and looks smooth. Season with salt.
- While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni, reduce heat, and gently boil until al dente, according to package directions.
- Drain the macaroni, add to the sauce, and stir. Once the macaroni is well coated, transfer to an ovenproof dish.
- Evenly sprinkle with cheddar or mozzarella, followed by the bread crumbs and Parmesan, if using.
- Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
I like to use Parmesan rinds, ends of brie, or any soft cheese. The stronger the cheese flavor, the stronger the sauce flavor. Avoid blue cheese and goat cheese if you don’t like the strong aroma.
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