This recipe by Team KKR and Bike Basket Pies (a.k.a. Katherine Robinson and Natalie Galatzer) took both First Place and the People’s Choice award at SF Food Wars’ 2009 Mac Battle Royale with Cheese. Congratulations!
Note: Timing is key here. The cheese sauce takes the most time & attention—when we were baking there were two of us so it was easier to pre-bake the pie crusts, cook the veggies and macaroni while the cheese sauce was being prepared. If you’re cooking alone, we’d recommend doing all the prep work first (washing/chopping spinach and mushrooms, crumbling/shredding cheese, chopping walnuts), cooking the veggies then the cheese sauce then the macaroni. The macaroni can dry out if it cools and sits out too long before it is added to the cheese sauce.
For the filling: