Creamy Four Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

Sometimes you just feel like being disgusting and stuffing your face. Girls, you know this happens at least once a month–we don’t need to go there. And guys, well, you just like anything that’s cheesy and that will shut us girls up. So, win win!  This was one of those nights. After pondering about where to feed my comfort food craving, I opted to stay in, buy a bunch of cheese, watch some trashy TV, and peruse some equally trashy magazines. But yeah, I live with my boyfriend now and as unappealing as that might sound, eating hunks of cheese and watching Revenge and Real Housewives weren’t at the top of his list.

photo 1 (1)So, what’s a girl to do?? Melt that cheese, combine it with a bechamel sauce, and then pour that over some elbow pasta and bake it! Bingo! Comfort food craving satisfied for me and boyfriend happy. Why can’t everything in life be solved by a creamy mac and cheese?

Here’s what you need: 

1 lb. of elbow pasta

5 cups of milk

1/2 cup of all-purpose flour

4 tbsp of butter

1/2 cup of shredded fontina cheese

1/4 cup of grated Parmigiano Reggiano

1/2 cup of grated gruyere cheese

1 cup of grated extra sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 tsp of grated nutmeg

1/2 tsp of spicy paprika

1/2 teaspoon of ground mustard  powder

salt and pepper (to taste)

1 cup of panko breadcrumbs

Here’s what you do:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large pot, bring some salted water to a boil and cook pasta 2-3 minutes less than packaging says. Drain and rinse with cool water to make avoid pasta sticking together.

In a large saucepan, melt 3 tbsp of butter until it begins to bubble. Whisk in the flour until lumps are gone. Stir in the milk and stir constantly with whisk until it thickens and you have formed a bechamel sauce. Once the sauce has thickened, add the grated cheese, and stir until all is combined smoothly. Add the paprika, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

In a small pot, melt the other tablespoon of butter and then pour in breadcrumbs and mix to coat evenly. Combine the pasta and cheese sauce in the large pot. Pour pasta/cheese into a 9X13 inch baking dish and top with breadcrumb mixture. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden brown and pasta is bubbly. Serve immediately.

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Happy cooking!!

–Melissa

 

 

 

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Categories: Main Dishes, Pasta Sauces, Recipes, Vegetarian

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4 Comments on “Creamy Four Cheese Macaroni & Cheese”

  1. Smith
    June 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    Was the spicy paprika Spanish pimenton’?

  2. June 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    I’m right there with you on cravings! It’s horrible…One day i’ll post a copy of my grocery bill during that ‘special’ time! 😉 Homemade extra cheesy Mac & Cheese always helps!

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