Baked Ziti With Four Cheeses

"I love macaroni and cheese. This version is terrific, with a crusty-cheesy layer on top and creamy-cheesy baked pasta in the middle."
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  • Melt butter over moderately-low heat, stir in flour and cook 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in hot milk.
  • Return pan to heat, bring to a boil, whisking, for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in nutmeg, ¾ tsp of salt and ¼ tsp of pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of the Gruyere, ½ cup of the Fontina and ½ cup of the Parmesan; whisk cheese into the sauce, ½ cup at a time, until cheese is melted.
  • Season to taste.
  • Preheat oven to 390 degrees F.
  • Boil ziti until al dente.
  • Drain well and turn into a buttered 13 x 9 x 2 inch pyrex baking dish.
  • Season with remaining ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper.
  • Pour sauce over and combine.
  • Sprinkle remaining ½ cup Gruyere, ½ cup Parmesan, 1 ½ cups Fontina and all of the mozzarella.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until pale golden-brown.

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  1. johnny s
    five star evelyn!! its soooo goooood!!!
  2. mommymakeit4u
    I didn't love this like I thought I would. I thought it would have a really rich flavour with all of these sharper tasting cheeses, but I found it quite bland. It wasn't bad just not what I was hoping for.
  3. Chef RHT IV
    I made this for my supper club and everyone including me loved it. I especailly loved the mixture of cheeses in the sauce. I'll definitely make this again. THanks for sharing
  4. Shasha
    Easy to make and looked great, but I don't particularly like the mix of cheeses. :)
  5. Kittencalrecipezazz
    This is good! I sauteed some onion and garlic into the butter before making the roux, I only had a very small amount of fontina cheese so I made up the difference with gruyere cheese, I used ziti pasta for this. DH will enjoy this for lunch, thanks Ev!...Kitten:)


<style>body { background: url(""); background-repeat: repeat-y; }</style> OK, here goes. I live in Athens, Greece. I moved out here many, many years ago from Ottawa, Canada - so I am blessed in having two wonderful heritages! I suffer from compulsive obsessive behaviour with regard to food and my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to find a 'society' where many have the same problem and try to find a cure. So far, I've copied a couple of thousand recipes from this site and my psychiatrist has thrown the towel in and refuses to answer the phone when I call. What did I do wrong? Got 3 kids that keep me on the go - 10 and under at this point (2008) - I may not get round to updating this for a few years, so you'll have to do your own maths. I teach English full-time and Greek Cookery part-time. I would like to make the cooking part of it full-time and the English Grammar part of it part-time. That's all for now.
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