Recipe courtesy of Patrick Rhea
Save Recipe Print
Colorado River of Cheese and Macaroni
Total:
1 hr 45 min
Prep:
45 min
Cook:
1 hr
Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
1 hr 45 min
Prep:
45 min
Cook:
1 hr
Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Basic Bechamel Sauce:

Directions

Bring the Basic Bechamel Sauce to a simmer over low heat. Add the white wine and stir to combine. Stir in the mustard, paprika, and salt and pepper. Gradually add the cheeses, reserving about 1/4 cup of each cheese for the top of the casserole. Stir the sauce thoroughly between each addition of the cheese. Simmer until the cheese is well blended.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the elbow macaroni and cook to al dente. Drain.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large casserole dish (or in numerous smaller dishes) add a 1/2-inch of the warm cheese sauce. Fill the casserole with the drained elbow macaroni. Top with another layer of cheese sauce, covering the macaroni completely and sprinkle with the reserved cheese. Bake the macaroni until the top is brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the casserole dish. Remove from the oven and serve hot.

Basic Bechamel Sauce:

In a small saucepan over low heat, add the onion and 1/2 cup of butter and saute until very soft, but do not brown. In another saucepan, scald the milk. Stir the sauteed onions into the milk along with the salt, pepper and nutmeg. Make a blonde roux by mixing the remaining 1/2 cup butter and the flour in a small bowl. Add the roux to the simmering milk and cook until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.*

Cook's Note

*This can be prepared 1 to 2 days in advance and refrigerated

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Almost One-Pan Skillet Lasagna 02:21

Bev gets her kids involved in making this perfect weeknight dinner.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Tanya Holland

Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

Mexican Macaroni Salad

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Devilish Chili-Cheese Dogs

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Cheese Grits

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Cheese and Rosemary Breadsticks

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

4 Cheese Stuffed Shells

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Spiced Wafer Crust

Recipe courtesy of Anne Burrell

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Food Network Apps

          In the Kitchen

          Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

          Facebook Messenger

          Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.