Prep 25 mins
Cook 45 mins
This is a life changing mac and cheese. Once you have this recipe, you'll never make another mac and cheese
- 1 lb penne or 1 lb cavatappi pasta
- 3 cups milk (I use skim to lower the calories)
- 1⁄2 cup half-and-half
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 4 cups white cheddar cheese
- 2 cups swiss cheese or 2 cups gruyere cheese
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 1⁄2 cups panko breadcrumbs
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook noodles until they are al dente.
- Shred the block of white cheddar cheese.
- In a medium pot, combine milk and half and half and gently warm but do not let boil. In a separate large pot, melt butter over med-low heat. Whisk in flour until smooth and thick. Slowly add warm milk into flour mixture, whisking to smooth out any chunks. Add mustard, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Slowly add cheddar, whisking in until the cheese begins to melt. Add swiss/gruyere mix and continue whisking until semi-smooth (you will have some globs of cheese).
- Pour noodles into a 13×9 baking pan. Pour cheese mixture over noodles, sprinkle with more salt and pepper and mix well. Using a kitchen shears, snip rosemary sprigs into small pieces over the macaroni. Use your fingers to strip any remaining leaves off the rosemary. Stir again and sprinkle panko crumbs over the entire dish. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
When I told my husband what I was making, he said, "Can't you just make regular baked macaroni?". But he really liked it, so it got five stars from both of us. I didn't use rosemary. I have never found fresh rosemary here, so I just left it out. Also I have never found white cheddar cheese, so I used yellow. The panko breadcrumbs were a great addition; I'm sure they were much better than regular bread crumbs would have been. I chose swiss cheese for this. I made this for "Name that Ingredient" tag game for Winter 2014. Thanks for posting this.