3-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon salt, plus more for pasta water
  • 1 pound large elbow macaroni
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound white Cheddar, shredded
  • 4 ounces Romano, shredded
  • 4 ounces Asiago, shredded
  • 2 cups bread crumbs (suggested: panko (Japanese) available at most markets)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  • 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.

  • 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 of salt, and 1 tablespoon pepper. Cook until cheeses are fully melted, stirring occasionally.

  • Add cooked macaroni to cheese mixture and mix thoroughly. Place macaroni mixture in a 13 by 9 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.

  • For variations, add cooked lobster meat, truffle oil, bacon and/or garden fresh vegetables.

Professional Recipe: 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.


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