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For Rach's "Time Capsule" show (looking back at old trends that are coming back again), she updates one of everyone's favorite comfort foods, mac 'n' cheese. "We're going to do ham and Swiss, macaroni and peas and top it with deviled breadcrumbs," she says. It's easy, but feels a bit more special. Rather than baking the pasta after she tosses it with the cheesy sauce and ham, Rach simply pours it into a dish, tops it with the flavored breadcrumbs and serves it as is. "It just looks so perfect, why would I put that in the oven and dry it out?" she asks. "It's just a waste of time." Mic drop!
For two more of Rach's popular mac 'n' cheese recipes, check out her Pumpkin Popper Mac and Mac 'n' Cheese with Dill, Chives + Mustard Breadcrumbs.
For the breadcrumbs, melt butter, add hot sauce and garlic and swirl. Add breadcrumbs and season with remaining ingredients, then toast until golden and remove from heat.
For the mac, bring a large pot of water to boil for pasta.
Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium nonstick skillet, brown diced ham and remove. Add remaining butter and melt, then add flour and whisk in warm milk. Season sauce as it thickens with salt and white pepper.
Drop pasta in salted boiling water and add peas after 5 minutes.
Stir cheeses into sauce, drain pasta and peas and toss with sauce and ham. Top pasta with deviled breadcrumbs and fresh herbs.