Three small silver posts with black handles filled with mac and cheese, one with a fork inside, sitting on a grey marble slab. Cream napkin in the forefront, with a variety of cheeses surrounding edges.

Artisan Mac n' Cheese Quartet

Serving Time Icon 1 hr
Serves Number Icon Serves 6

Make this unreal mac and cheese with local cheese and beer for a truly indulgent Canadian dish that tastes even better than it looks.

Prep 30 min

Cook 1 hr 20 min

Chill 8 hrs


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Step 1

Place pork belly, skin side up, in a baking dish. Refrigerate a minimum of 8 hours (or overnight).


Step 2

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

Step 3

Spread salt on top of pork belly skin in a thick layer. Add beer and soy sauce to the pan, avoiding the salt layer.

Step 4

Roast pork for about 1 hour or until tender and skin has shrunk. Set aside.

Step 5

Meanwhile, melt 1 tsp (15mL) of the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and saute mushrooms until golden and tender. Remove to plate and set aside.

Step 6

Return pan to medium-low heat and add remaining butter to melt. Add cream, Dijon, chili powder, thyme and petter, whisking to combine.

Step 7

Increase heat to medium and bring the cream to a boil, stirring constantly.

Step 8

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until cream starts to thicken. Stir in half of the cheddar and all of the gouda, firm and Asiago cheeses as well as the mushrooms, stirring until cheese is smooth.

Step 9

Add the cooked pasta and stir to coast. (If you haven't pre-cooked, add pasta to salted, boiling water and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.)


Step 10

Remove salt layer from pork and place under broiler for about 5 minutes or until the skin puffs up. (Careful not to burn the skin here, keep a close eye on the pork belly.)

Step 11

Remove pork belly from dish and slice thinly. Discard salt and liquid mixture.


Step 12

Scrape pasta and cheese mixture into a large baking dish and top with remaining cheddar cheese and pork slices.


Step 13

Broil for about 3 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.


Nutritional Information

One Serving 1/6 Recipe

Calories 1155
Protein 40 g
Carbohydrates 40 g
Fat 93 g
Fibre 2 g
Sodium 4030 mg
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