Recipe courtesy of Costa Vanikiotis

3-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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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

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add cooked macaroni to cheese mixture and mix thoroughly. Place macaroni mixture in a 13 by 9 baking dish and top with breadcrumbs. Place in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Top with fresh parsley and serve.

Cook’s Note

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