Baked Three-Cheese Macaroni Recipe
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Baked Three-Cheese Macaroni Recipe

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Legendary mac and cheese is a must-have for big family events. My ultimate comfort food is a divine blend of cheddar, Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses. —Joan Sullivan, Gambrills, MD
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni or fusilli pasta
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups 2% milk, warmed
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 487 calories, 24g fat (14g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 515mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook macaroni in a 6-qt. stockpot according to package directions for al dente. Drain; return to pot.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt 6 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth; whisk in warmed milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in Gruyere and cheddar cheeses, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add to macaroni, tossing to coat.
  4. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Toss bread crumbs with Parmesan cheese and melted butter; sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, 30-40 minutes or until bubbly and top is golden brown. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Baked Three-Cheese Macaroni in Taste of Home September/October 2015, p86

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Raynebow68 User ID: 6265013 252259
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2016

"It was just my daughter and I so we halved this recipe. I had 8oz of Gruyere to use so this was a great find. I didn't have sharp so we used cheddar jack instead, along with tri-shaped pasta. It was SO GOOD. And incredibly rich. We had a chicken breast on the side and we thought we could cook and shred and combine it right in with the recipe. Maybe next time!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 246180
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

"Good mac & cheese recipe, although the gruyere cheese is a little expensive. I ended up using a slightly cheaper version that was apple smoked, and it gave it a funny taste, so I wouldn't recommend that. Might try this again but experiment with different cheeses."

khegeman User ID: 2379383 245401
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"I have been looking for a macaroni and cheese that is creamy and cheesy, and this is it. Most of the family enjoyed the crunch of the panko breadcrumbs, but my one youngest daughter did not. We'll definitely make again."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 231236
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2015

"We made this recipe this week, for our back-to-school dinner. We enjoyed, but the panko breadcrumb topping was a little thick and too crunchy for us. I know plenty of folks who love a good crunch-tastic baked macaroni though, so i am betting this would be a big hit with them! Enjoyed the cheesiness of the dish. :)"

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