Cheese Lovers 5 Cheese Mac and Cheese

Total Time:
1 hr 40 min
35 min
5 min
1 hr

6 servings

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 (16-ounce) package macaroni (cellentani or other curly noodle)
  • 1/4 pound bacon, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more to butter baking dish
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups grated fontina
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Gruyere
  • 3/4 cup grated white Cheddar (Australian)
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and butter a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain.

In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot, saute the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve. Saute the onion in the bacon drippings until soft. Add the 5 tablespoons butter to the onion mixture and melt the butter stirring with a wooden spoon.

Using a whisk, add the flour, and stir constantly until well mixed with the fat making a roux. Whisk in the mustard. Gradually add the milk and cream whisking constantly.

Add the thyme, bay leaf, and salt. Let come to a simmer and stir frequently for 15 minutes.

Strain the hot milk mixture into a metal bowl and discard the solids. Working quickly, mix in 1 cup fontina, blue cheese, 1/2 cup Gruyere, 1/2 cup white Cheddar, 1/2 cup Parmesan, the reserved bacon, and parsley. Continue to stir until all cheese is melted.

Add the cooked noodles to the cheese mixture to coat. Add the noodle mixture to the prepared baking dish. Mix the remaining cheese and bread crumbs together and sprinkle on top of the noodles. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown. Remove from oven when done and rest for 5 minutes.

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    I get rave reviews every time I make this. I omit the onion' but otherwise stay true to the recipe. Last time I made it ahead, popped it out of the fridge to the oven until hot and it was still awesome. It saved me the last minute stress so I could enjoy the company of my guests. This is a fairly labor intensive dish, but is so worth it.
    amazing i make it twice a year. i buy the cheese up ahead of time so iam forking out all the money at once. but its a big hit
    Simply awesome!!
    I love this recipe! This is what I always make to take to our family suppers on the holidays. It never fails to be requested and is ALWAYS a hit! Comfort food at its finest.
    I read a lot of the reviews and made this exactly as the recipe says, and I must have done it right because it took exactly the amount of time specified at the top...but I didn't like it. I would add more bacon, plus I would leave OUT the blue cheese, along with the thyme and onion in the roux, assuming I'd ever make it again, which I know I won't. The other 4 cheeses in this are mild and the blue cheese overpowers them even though there is less blue cheese than the other cheeses in it. Also, this was a VERY expensive recipe to make. I'm sure there are other, less expensive and easier recipes online that will taste better than this one. If you do decide to make it - unless you really really LIKE blue cheese - I suggest you leave that out and put in more cheddar.
    ***MUST TRY**** It is the most AMAZING Mac-N-Cheese ever! I absolutely loved how all the different textures and tastes came together; BRILLIANTLY DONE!!!! I have never been a big fan of Mac-N-Cheese but this is all in a class of its own and Certainly a MUST KEEP recipe. I also enjoyed the subtle taste of blue cheese; just the right amount and not overpowering. Truly an amazing dish and one to make over and over again. ****MUST TRY FOLKS**** You wont be disappointed for sure.
    I wish people would quit rating recipes that they have changed!!! If you aren't going to follow a recipe, ie, leave out the blue cheese, then don't rate it, it's not the written recipe!!!!! This is a great recipe as is!
    This is the most amazing Mac and cheese! I've made it  
    Several times and everyone says its the best they've ever had. It is about $50 t
    I can't believe people on here are rating the recipe based on eating it at Friday's. of course it is going to be different and not be as good. It's Friday's, not a gourmet restaurant.  
    Now on to the recipe, I've made it once a week now and can't get enough. Everyone we make it for just loves it and I don't think it is too pricey to make. I guess it depends on where you go to buy you cheeses, but even then, when the cheese that I buy is enough to make at least 2 batches,so it's not that bad. 
    Don't judge until you've tried it. There is a lot of prep work involved, but it is TOTALLY worth it! The only modification I've made is to add more bacon, but that's because I love bacon : 
    I was worried the blue cheese would be to strong for my kids but "truth be told" I made it for me.. Everyone including my Kids loved it. They especially loved the "BACON" in it. It came out perfect. Mac-N-Cheese is by far one of my favorite comfort foods and Rick's Recipe is The Best thus far..I wouldn't expect anything less from Rick Massa, He is truly a professional. Watch this episode. He is an awesome human being.
    This is the most amazing Mac and cheese! I've made it  
    Several times and everyone says its the best they've ever had. It is about $50 to make but totally worth it. The dish goes a long way since its so rich. My husband helps me when I make it because it's a little overwhelming. Especially if it's your first time.
    Sooo good! I highly recommend this dish. It is expensive to make (about $50-60 if you don't have the ingredients on hand. I would suggest measuring everything out beforehand, especially if you're preparing solo. The dish is extemely rich, but a guaranteed crowd pleaser. I will definitely be making for my next dinner party or work get together! Enjoy! :
    My new go-to recipe for Mac and cheese. This was beyond delicious. My whole family thinks this is the best they have ever eaten.
    Oh my Gosh, this is the best recipe. I sometimes changed some of the cheeses, mostly the blue cheese but my grandkids love it and always ask me to make it. Not cheap to make but oh so good.
    Excellent! I have made this meal on many occations and everyone who tries it, loves it! Even our friends 6 year old son (the pickiest eatier I have ever seenloves it!
    I am not a blue cheese fan, but I find it adds a nice "umph" to the dish, I do not find it over powering at all.
    They only con to this dish is shredding all that cheese :
    This is the most amazing grown-up mac n cheese ever. I've made it numerous times (always a double recipe, most recently for a family gathering. That, Old Bay wings, and a fresh tossed salad and everyone was happy. I follow the recipe exactly with one exception--I double the bacon bits (but not the grease. Use good quality center-cut bacon for more meaty taste. Keep in oven a little longer to get good browning on the top.
    This macaroni is amazing!!! I've made this dish over 10 times and all times it has been a hit. However, I'm not a fan of blue cheese, so I substitute the blue cheese for something like mozzarella. This still leaves all of the cheesy integrity of the dish without the overpowering flavor of the blue cheese. 
    Also, I use two boxes of pasta when making this recipe because : 1) one box leaves a lot of extra sauce 2) by using more pasta, you get more macaroni, which makes the cost of the cheese even out with the amount you get 3) finally, you can freeze the leftover macaroni and thaw it whenever you are ready to enjoy more Mac and cheese without all of the hassle of cooking 
    This would be a GREAT recipe if you left out the blue cheese. The 1/2 cup simply overpowers the dish! I may try it again and leave out the blue cheese.
    You will know you have died and gone to heaven when you take your first bite. So many yummy flavors!! Like no Mac & Cheese you have ever tasted!! Thank you Rick!
    I have made this mac n' cheese three years in a row for Thanksgiving and finally decided to post a review. I made some variations with the cheeses and added 3 eggs but THIS IS THE BEST MAC N' CHEESE I HAVE EVER HAD! I have even brought leftovers to my job and co-workers LOVED it. Some were making it for Thanksgiving this year so I have to find out if their families loved it too.
    I made this dish last year for Thanksgiving and evereyone loved it! It is the best mac and cheese I've made! It's so creamy and tasty. It is perfect, everyone should try it!
    I haven't made this yet but I did have it at TGIF a week ago and am still thinking about it. Excellent!!! I only hope it is as good when I make it myself.
    The BEST mac and cheese ever! yes it is a bit rich and takes time, but its delicous. I get asked to make it again and again. Don't devaite - I tried and it is not as good...
    I have made this several times and it is always as good as the first time we had it. I never tire of it and look for "excuses" to make it. When I buy the cheeses I always get enough that I can make it a second time in a couple of weeks because after I make it, and it's gone I keep thinking about it for days! Really good the way they make it at TGIF with a chicken breast on top!
    I tried this WINNER at TGIF's and it was FANTASTIC. I came home and madeit and it was UBER-FANTASTIC. It may be costly to make, your waistline may suffer, and your colon might rebel, but it is worth it!!!!
    I scrolled thru all the recipes and this one caught my attention because of all the ingredients. Yes it's a lot of expensive cheese to buy. BUT oh so worth it in the end. The end result was awesome. I made it for my family on Christmas day. There were so happy. They loved it. So now this will be one of those old traditional recipes we will have for many years at our holiday table.
    I have never made a dish, where family members have begged me for the leftovers! This delicious macaroni and cheese made me a superstar because it was so rich, creamy, cheesy, and sprinkled with bacon(which was the unique surprise!). I'll admit, it took a long time to make but it was WORTH IT! I'm planning on making it for Christmas dinner! This recipe is simply faboulous!
    However, I made one slight deviation from the dish and substituted Fontina with Mozzeralla, because every market I went to did not have Fontina in stock. However, it still turned out delicious!!
    It's the ultimate! Fun to make as a family. I watched this episode while on the treadmill. In the long run it's probably counter productive to that. But, WOW, it is worth it. Every bite gets better!!!
    I just thought I knew good mac and cheese before....this was incredibly good!
    Kudos to the Chef!
    I seen the episode and wanted to make this....needless to say I did. All I can say is amazing! Now everyone in my house requests this at least once a month...some even offer to pay me for it. Now at every family gathering my dad asks me to bring this. Kudos to Rick Massa!!!!!!!!!!!!
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