I’m all about anything with Michael Symon, I would love to meet him one day! This was just an ok dish for us. While I thought it was good, I had to add more goat cheese to taste it and it needed a sprinkle of seasoning to kick it up and enhance the flavors. I would make it again, except make the changes above. We also used leftover smoked chicken instead of roasted chicken, which dominated the dish with a smoky flavor.

Mac & Cheese with Roasted Chicken
(Adapted from Michael Symon’s Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen)

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1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound dried rigatoni
1 quart heavy cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 clove fresh garlic, crushed
8 ounces goat cheese
2 cups shredded roasted chicken
salt and pepper to taste

Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a rapid boil. Add the oil and rigatoni to the water and cook according to the directions on the package, 10-12 minutes.


While you are waiting for the water to boil, pour the cream into a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add the rosemary and garlic to the cream and bring it to a simmer – take care not to let it boil over. Allow the cream to reduce by about half.


Stir in the goat cheese and chicken and continue cooking cooking it till the cream coats the back of a spoon.


Thoroughly drain the pasta. Add the pasta to the sauce. Coat the pasta in the sauce and simmer over low heat for a few minutes. Serve hot.


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