Fontina Chicken and Herb Mac & Cheese

Serves 4-6


1 pound fusilli pasta
½ cup butter
¼ cup unbleached white flour
1 cup low fat milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup sharp fontina cheese, grated
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
½ cup fresh green onions, sliced thin
1½ cups chicken, shredded (buy a pre-roasted chicken from your grocer)


Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Cook until al dente.   In a heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter, add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the milk and turn the burner to simmer, continuing to whisk. The mixture will begin to thicken. Add all the cheese and continue to whisk, melting all the cheese, about 6-8 minutes. Add the salt, pepper and cayenne. Stir well and take off heat. Add the herbs, chicken and green onions, stir well. Add the pasta to the melted cheese and herb mixture.