This may look appear to be normal pasta – if anything, a bit mushy and brown looking, but otherwise nothing special. But no. This is some seriously, insanely, unnecessarily butteriffic pasta.
Butteriffic: (adj) infused with a completely superfluous amount of butter to the point of unsurpassed deliciousness and extreme caloric overload.
TV is generally full of all sorts of useless drivel, which is why I don’t own a television. However, sometimes TV teaches you important things. For example, how to take a decadent and already relatively unhealthy dish such as macaroni & cheese and then infuse it with more deep, rich, buttery flavor to the point of…well, I was going to say heart attack, but I’m still standing. So then, more accurately, to the point of AMAZING. For this knowledge, I owe thanks to the final episode of MasterChef, which, based on my one viewing, appears to be a British show of similar concept and nearly identical name to Top Chef. In the ultimate challenge to determine a winner, the contestants had to recreate the dishes from a Michelin-starred chef for thirty other Michelin-starred chefs. Yikes. I learned that Michelin-starred food is precise, complex, innovative, boundary-pushing, technological, demanding, beautifully presented, really ridiculously complicated, and most importantly – you guessed it, butteriffic.
The macaroni & cheese, elevated to Michelin-starred standards, involved dried pasta pan-roasted in butter, simmered in veal stock, covered in stock glaze, cut into perfect circles, and stacked into a tower with layers of butternut squash and another over-the-top indulgence, duck confit. Apparently the dish took four hours to make, and that’s along with the 18 ducks that Steve, the ultimate winner, had to simultaneously roast. Obviously I have neither the skill nor the time to recreate this dish, although maybe I should try because then I could eat it. But pan roasting in butter and simmering in stock? That I can do.
And now you can too, if you’re looking for that extra hefty dosage of calories. But hey – it’s also an extra hefty dose of seriously tasty comfort food, perfect for curling up in a comforter on the couch on a cold day. This would also be an excellent dish if you were a bear looking to stock up on fat for hibernation. If you’re not a bear…well, you’ll just have to take my word for it that the buttery goodness is worth the fat.