Baked Macaroni With Three Cheeses

READY IN: 45mins




  • Heat the oven to broil.
  • Use 1 T of butter to generously coat a 3-quart casserole dish.
  • Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in large stockpot.
  • Add 2 T of salt, stir briefly, then add the pasta.
  • Cook until tender and just past al dente, about 10-13 minutes, or slightly longer than package directions.
  • Drain the pasta, then transfer it to a large bowl.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the pasta, then toss to coat; set aside.
  • To make the sauce, in a small saucepan over low heat, bring the milk to a simmer.
  • Remove the pan from the heat.
  • In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt 1/2 cup of the remaining butter, using a whisk to swirl it to ensure the butter melts completely and does not turn brown.
  • If the butter begins to brown, lower the heat.
  • While whisking, sprinkle in the flour.
  • Continue to whisk until the mixture just bubbles, about 2 minutes.
  • Do not let the mixture brown.
  • While whisking, slowly pour the milk in the saucepan.
  • Continue whisking until there are no lumps.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and season with salt and pepper.
  • Continue whisking until the sauce reaches the consistency of heavy cream and coats the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat.
  • Whisk in 1 1/2 cups of the cheddar cheese, all of the Monterey Jack cheese and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese.
  • Whisk until the cheese is completely melted and the sauce is smooth.
  • Pour the sauce over the pasta and gently toss to coat.
  • Transfer the pasta and sauce, using a rubber spatula to scrape the bowl, to the prepared casserole dish.
  • Set aside.
  • In small microwave-safe bowl, melt the remaining 1 T of butter by microwaving on high for about 20 seconds.
  • Add the breadcrumbs and remaining cheddar and parmesan cheeses; toss well.
  • Spread the bread crumb mixture evenly over the pasta.
  • Place the dish on the oven's middle rack and broil for 6-8 minutes, or until the edges are bubbly, and a crunchy crust forms on top.
  • Cool briefly before serving.