A yummy side dish that uses my favorite cheese, Gorgonzola. Can be assembled and refrigerated 1 day ahead, just bring to room temp. before baking.
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 1⁄2 cups milk
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 5 ounces gorgonzola, crumbled
- 5 ounces Fontina cheese, rind removed,cubed
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 lb mini penne pasta
- 1 (6 ounce) bag Baby Spinach
- 2 tablespoons plain breadcrumbs
- chopped parsley (to garnish) (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees; grease a 3 quart baking dish or casserole dish; start bringing a large pot of water to a boil.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter then add onions and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add pasta to other pot with water and boil for two minutes less than the package says to.
- Whisk flour into onion/butter mixture and stir for 2 minutes; stir in milk, whisking constantly until it thickens and starts to bubble.
- Remove from heat and stir in the salt, pepper, gorgonzola, fontina and 3/4 cup of the parmesan cheese until smooth and melted.
- Drain pasta well and return to large pot and add the cheese sauce and bag of spinach and mix well; pour into greased dish.
- Combine the remaining Parmesan and bread crumbs; sprinkle on top of macaroni; bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes; top should be lightly browned; cool for 5 minutes, garnish with parsley and dig in!
What a nice mac & cheese!! The only thing I did different was to use mozzarella as I didn't have any fontina. This makes quite a big batch - froze half of it and will eat it at a later date (can't wait!) - Thanks Karamia!
This is a nice alternative to the old macaroni and cheese. It has my favorite cheeses; gorgonzola and parmesan. I made a whole recipe but divided it between two pans. One I baked and ate (OMG, so good) and one I froze raw. I'm sure it'll freeze fine. It was very easy to make. I made no changes except I used a pkg. of frozen spinach. Next time I make it, I'll double the salt. Thanks for a great meal, Karamia.
This is an excellent, gourmet macaroni and cheese recipe. The combinatino of goronzola, parmesan, and fontina tastes sooo good! I halved the recipe and it worked out perfect. I used sourdough breadcrumbs and omited the parsley but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. This is superb three cheese macaroni recipe! Thanks Karamia!