* chopped into 1/2-inch or smaller pieces ** Swiss or Parmesan type
This sophisticated but comforting gratin is from Gerald Hirogoyen of Fringale Restaurant in San Francisco.
Cook macaroni until al dente in 2 quarts rapidly boiling water, salted to taste. Drain and rinse in cold water, then set aside.
While macaroni is cooking, saute mushrooms together with garlic and shallots in olive oil until golden brown, 3 or 4 minutes, then add chives and parsley.
Toss drained macaroni with sauteed teed mushrooms and arrange in an oven-safe dish. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is heated through.
Sprinkle with cheese, broil for 1 or 2 minutes, just until cheese is melted and browned. Serve immediately.
Per Serving: 655 calories, 31 g protein, 57 g carbohydrate, 34 g fat (15 g saturated), 65 mg cholesterol, 196 mg sodium, 3 g fiber
Marlena Spieler in the San Francisco Chronicle, 9/3/93.