- 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
- Preheat oven to 350°. Cook macaroni in a 6-qt. stockpot according to package directions for al dente. Drain; return to pot.
- 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.
- Remove from heat; stir in Gruyere and cheddar cheeses, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add to macaroni, tossing to coat.
- 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).
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.
Reviews for Baked Three-Cheese Macaroni
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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. :)"