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Mushroom-Swiss Mac & Cheese Recipe

Mushroom-Swiss Mac & Cheese Recipe

Portobello mushrooms and three kinds of cheese give an upscale spin to a classic casserole. To make this more of an entree, I add 2 cups of cubed cooked chicken.—Dawn Moore, Warren, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) mini penne pasta
  • 1/2 pound baby portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • SAUCE:
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1-1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1-1/4 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups grated Parmesan and Romano cheese blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/3 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in butter and oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Set aside.
  • 2. For sauce, in a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add milk and cream; heat through. Stir in the cheeses, salt and pepper until blended. Stir in bacon.
  • 3. Drain pasta; toss with mushroom mixture and sauce. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • 4. Combine the bread crumbs, parsley and melted butter; sprinkle over mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 750 calories, 47g fat (28g saturated fat), 143mg cholesterol, 808mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 32g protein.

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 263240
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2017

"I thought this was pretty good but next time I'm going to change it to suit our preferences. I cute the recipe in half for just my husband and I. I used regular sized penne, and that worked out fine. I omitted the mushrooms, because I really don't care for them. I had a problem with the cream cheese... it just didn't seem to want to get smooth. Then, even though I gradually added the milk/cream, the mixture got lumps. I tried hard to get this to not be lumpy, harder than I should have had to. I also barely tasted the bacon... I think next time, I'd double the bacon it calls for. Since we were running behind and I needed this done ASAP, I put this in the oven for 15 minutes, then sat it under the broiler for a couple minutes to make the topping crisp. Overall, it tasted pretty good, but it's going to need some tweaks."

angi.gates User ID: 3348770 223291
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"I made this recipe for Thanksgiving last year and wow! This was absolutely delicious and I will admit it came as shock to me since I was use to a more traditional mac and cheese but wanted to try something different than my mom's recipe and was not disappointed. But this is going down in my recipe book for the holidays as a go to from now on because this was better than my mom's."

dicentra01 User ID: 5468213 211396
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"It was good but I would bake covered . It really dried out and didn't look like the picture. I know with all that cream and cheese how could it dry out right.... but it did. It is really heavy and hard to think of eating it when I was making the sauce.. wow Don't think I would make again but glad I tried it."

angmclanc User ID: 3282588 103091
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"Rich, decadent and delicious. I added canned tuna just for fun and everyone loved it."

ZlatkaT User ID: 7345688 170403
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"That was a good recipe and will make it again. Next time I will add more chicken and maybe a little broccoli. But love the taste of the mushrooms and the cheesse sauce."

sassyup User ID: 6712324 188733
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"ROFLMAO!!! AUNTIE1955 You made my morning start out just right!!! Thanks for the belly laughs! Haven't made this yet, found the recipe in my "inbox" this morning when I opened my email. But you can bet your sweet bottoms I'll be making it!!! Not only does it look like a fantastic recipe but just the comments and humor would make me want to try this! My mom and I are the cooks that believe everything "tastes better with butter" , thank you Paula Dean ;) To hell with healthy, I want MMMMMMM..... TASTY!!!! LOL!!!"

catsfour58 User ID: 6834639 105031
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"I have made this Mac and cheese several times now and it gets rave reviews! A great addition to any gathering! Sorta upscales any meal!"

MS LISA User ID: 5279129 105030
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"Great recipe! Thank you !! Only change I made was using Italian Panko Crumbs on top, but that was simply a personal preference. Delicious !! A definite "keeper""

gracebyfaith User ID: 6205181 109256
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"This is a great recipe. I don't care for pasta so I substituted rice. I used 2 cups rice/4 cups water. It made the perfect amount of rice for this dish. I didn't use the topping and it was still wonderful. I will consider adding broccoli next time."

jen361 User ID: 7056683 119612
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"I made this last night and it was very good. Total comfort food.

I added some sauteed red and green pepper for color. I also added a few shots of Franks Hot Sauce to the cheese sauce."

littlewind53 User ID: 6226122 211395
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"doeiu do a search for Gnocchi. I just did and 23 possibles came up. Maybe it is one of them."

stjohnisle User ID: 3228356 105029
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"I agree. No where does it say "healthy!" I would definitely make it again for my family, a special occasion or for a potluck. I love the idea of adding chicken to make it a main dish. Next time I'll try it that way and forget the dessert!"

doeiu User ID: 6166532 169085
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013


AuntieA1955 User ID: 5002278 188731
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"Yes we get you babs14075. These ingredients show rich deep flavors that we do ascribe to as a treat now and then to be eaten and enjoyed! We'll just skip the dessert! HA"

babs14075 User ID: 6497743 187764
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"Love your sense of humor AuntieA1955. It didn't say"light"! I would make it with chicken as my husband doesn't like mushrooms! SOunds really good!"

AuntieA1955 User ID: 5002278 185937
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"Please say a prayer for my neice here who just fell off her chair with chest pains when she read the Nutritional Facts! Just a joke, relax, we get it's not on the healthy list! Whew...Tina, get up, stop joking!"

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