Bake-and-Slice Macaroni and Cheese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more for the dish

Kosher salt

8 ounces elbow macaroni

2 cups half-and-half

3 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Freshly ground pepper

2 cups grated cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)

1 cup grated muenster cheese (about 3 ounces)

1 cup grated provolone cheese (about 3 ounces)

1/2 cup finely chopped whole-milk mozzarella cheese (about 2 ounces)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish; set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs for al dente. Drain and transfer to a medium bowl; add the butter and toss until melted.
  2. Whisk the half-and-half, eggs, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a large bowl until smooth. Add the pasta, 1 1/2 cups cheddar, the muenster, provolone and mozzarella; toss.
  3. Transfer the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar. Bake until bubbling around the edges and no longer jiggly, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool about 30 minutes before slicing.