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    3-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

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    35 mins

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    ElizabethKnicely's Note:

    From Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on Food Network.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 325°F.
    2. 2
      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.
    3. 3
      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 salt, and 1 tablespoon pepper. Cook until cheeses are fully melted, stirring occasionally.
    4. 4
      Add cooked macaroni to cheese mixture and mix thoroughly. Place macaroni mixture in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and top with bread crumbs. Place in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Top with fresh parsley and serve.
    5. 5
      For variations, add cooked lobster meat, truffle oil, bacon and/or garden fresh vegetables.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 23, 2014


      As someone used to a low-sodium diet, I was overwhelmed by the salt. Although the 1 tablespoon of pepper fit in, the accompanying tablespoon of salt should be eliminated due to the 1 1/2 pounds of cheese. The béchamel sauce was supposed to take about 10 minutes, but it took me 45 minutes after I raised the heat to medium, then medium-high. The mac 'n cheese needs to rest at least 5 minutes before serving to hold its shape. This is the first time I used panko on mac 'n cheese, and it seemed too blond for an already very light macaroni and cheese, and made me question why I would want to eat so many crumbs. Lastly, unless the entire tray will be consumed at one meal, I think dried parsley would be a better garnish at the very end. This recipe appears on attributed to Costa Vanikiotis at Eveready Diner, Hyde Park, NY, and gives the disclaimer that "This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results." Fortunately, I had excellent quality cheese, and that is all I tasted (besides the salt). Made for Please Review My Recipe tag game.

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    Nutritional Facts for 3-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

    Serving Size: 1 (395 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1150.0
    Calories from Fat 576
    Total Fat 64.0 g
    Saturated Fat 39.1 g
    Cholesterol 201.1 mg
    Sodium 2305.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 97.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
    Sugars 4.8 g
    Protein 45.4 g

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