3 Cheese Baked Macaroni

2014-07-21

Tired of the same ol’ boxed mac-n-cheese, then make your own home made mac that is guaranteed to be the talk of any even you take it to.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound medium shells or large elbow macaroni
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound sharp Cheddar, shredded (White cheddar can be used as a substitute)
  • 4 ounces Romano, shredded
  • 4 ounces Asiago, shredded
  • 2 cups Panko (japenese) bread crumbs

Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In large pot filled with water add 3 pinches of salt and the macaroni and place over high heat. Bring to a boil and let cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain. Set aside

Step 2

In a large saucepan, melt butter. Sprinkle flour over butter and cook 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat, whisking until a roux or paste forms.

Step 3

Add cold milk and whisk vigorously until dissolved.

Step 4

Cook sauce on medium-low heat until thick and bubbly. Add heavy cream, all cheeses, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon pepper. Cook until cheeses are fully melted, stirring occasionally.

Step 5

In a separate pan melt 2 tablespoons butter and then mix in panko bread crumbs until the butter is thoroughly absorbed.

Step 6

Add cooked macaroni to cheese mixture and mix thoroughly. Place macaroni mixture in a 13 by 9 baking dish and top with bread crumbs.

Step 7

Place in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 8

For extra crispy topping, place under broiler after baking until bread crumbs turn golden brown. Recommended.

 

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