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Bistro Mac & Cheese Recipe
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Bistro Mac & Cheese Recipe

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Serve this four-cheese macaroni with a salad and crusty bread. It's a satisfying meal that feels upscale, but will fit just about any budget. —Charlotte Giltner, Mesa, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 468 calories, 22 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 649 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, melt 3 tablespoons butter over low heat. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually whisk in milk and seasonings. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Reduce heat; stir in cheeses until melted. Stir in sour cream. Add macaroni; toss to coat. In a small skillet, heat remaining butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir until golden brown. Sprinkle over top. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Bistro Mac & Cheese in Taste of Home February/March 2010, p70

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 468 calories, 22 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 649 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 29, 2014

We liked this recipe, but I think instead of Gorgonzola, I may try Brie next time.

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2013

This is a very sophisticated mac and cheese. It is really good so I will give it five stars, but it was a lot of work to put into just mac and cheese. My husband loved it and asked me to save the recipe. Haha has tons of great coupons that could be used on ingredients for this recipe.

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

We thought this was good. It was my first attempt at homemade mac and cheese. We will try a few others that were on the same page of my Taste of Home Mag though as will decided on a favorite.

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

Perfection! I did only 1/4 cup of gorgonzola & added the extra 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese. Also only 1/4 cup of sour cream . Wobderful:)

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

I was so excited to try this but when I finally was done preparing it, it wasnt too great. The texture was grainy, there wasnt too much flavor and it almost too creamy. I wont be making this again.

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