3 Cheese Baked Macaroni2014-07-21
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.
- 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
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
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.
Add cold milk and whisk vigorously until dissolved.
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.
In a separate pan melt 2 tablespoons butter and then mix in panko bread crumbs until the butter is thoroughly absorbed.
Add cooked macaroni to cheese mixture and mix thoroughly. Place macaroni mixture in a 13 by 9 baking dish and top with bread crumbs.
Place in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
For extra crispy topping, place under broiler after baking until bread crumbs turn golden brown. Recommended.