Roasted Garlic Mac & Cheese

DSC_9212 (1600x1060)Mrs J was calling for mac and cheese today to go with the chicken thighs she brought up from the basement freezer.  I looked around and settled for a recipe Google served up that looked nice.  I have to mention that the roasting head of garlic really smelled good this morning as I was gathering all the ingredients.

Toasting the panko with butter was a nice touch but I nearly let it get away from me.  Only a few of the crumbs turned black before I removed the sauce pan from the burner – the toasting was quick once the pan reached temperature.  Don’t forget to reserve some of the pasta water, it sure did look soupy going into the casserole but it needed every drop.DSC_9205 (1600x1060)The recipe mentioned ramekins and I remembered to fill these two.  I set all the dishes on a baking tray, the big casserole (13″x9″) didn’t bubble over but these little fellows did.