Tempt My Tummy Tuesday… Gourmet White Mac & Cheese

by Lisa on June 6, 2011

Y’all this mac & cheese is so good.  My friend, Sarah, made it recently and served it at the Memorial Day party.  It was a hit with the adults and children.  I had to get the recipe and share with you!

 

 

 

Gourmet White Mac & Cheese

  • 1 package (1 pound) penne pasta (she actually used shells)
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup all- purpose flour
  • 1 quart (4 cups) whole milk
  • 8 oz Fontina cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 8 oz Gruyere cheeses, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1 package (8oz) sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 275.  Heat large covered pot over salted water to boiling over high heat.   Add pasta and cook as label directs, drain pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, in small microwave safe bowl, heat 2 Tbsp butter in microwave.  Add panko and Parmesan and stir until breadcrumbs are moistened.
  3. In 4-5 quart saucepan, melt remaining 4 Tbs butter over medium heat.  With whisk, stir in flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Stir in milk and heat to boiling over medium-high heat, whisking constantly until mixture is smooth and thickens.  Remove saucepan from heat.  Stir in Fontina, Gruyere, Cheddar, salt and pepper; fold in pasta until well coated with sauce.
  4. Pour pasta mixture into ungreased 13×9 inch glass or ceramic baking dish.  Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over top.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until edges bubble and top is browned.

With the recipe are suggestions for additions you can stir in making your mac & cheese even better:  carmalized onions, green chiles, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, pre-cooked asparagus or broccoli, roasted red peppers, chopped fresh herbs, sauteed mushrooms, peas, ham, grilled chicken, bacon, pepperoni, smoked sausage.

photo credit: istockphoto.com

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Miz Helen June 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Hi Lisa,
We just love a good Mac N Cheese dish and your recipe looks delicious. Thanks you for hosting and hope you have a great week!
Miz Helen

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Lisa June 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Thanks Miz Helen! :-)

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bj June 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Looks delicious….
Thanks for hosting.

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Mrs H June 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

oooooo that mac and cheese sounds amaazzzinngg!!

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Allison @ Alli 'n Son June 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I love a good homemade mac and cheese. Especially with gourmet cheeses. This sounds great.

Thanks for hosting!

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Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes June 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I’m not even a big fan of regular mac and cheese, but I am a sucker for all the speciality cheeses. I bet even I’d like that one! Thanks for sharing the recipe and hosting the party

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Lisa @ Happy in Dole Valley June 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing AND thanks for hosting! ~Lisa

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Bibi June 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

Now this Mac’n’cheese sounds heavenly. You can never go wrong with yummy gourmet cheese with pasta…..thank you for sharing and hosting.

I linked up my Wild Mushroom Chicken recipe.

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Elizabeth June 7, 2011 at 6:12 am

That looks divine. I also have mac and cheese on the menu today, albeit surrounded by a can’t get the neon taste of Kraft at home lament! ;)

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Lyuba June 7, 2011 at 7:19 am

YES please, mac n cheese right here! Awesome, can’t wait to try these next week! thank you for hosting!

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NCSue follows back June 7, 2011 at 7:32 am

Thank you for hosting. I’m a follower, and this hop is found on a page on my site that lists more than 250 hops, memes, and photo challenges… some for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page. I’ve also just started a BlogFrog community that focuses on hops, carnivals, memes, and photo challenges. Go to http://theblogfrog.com/1504201 to visit & participate.
I hope you’ll visit me soon. I follow back!
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Jane June 7, 2011 at 9:01 am

Good Morning Lisa,
Your Mac & Cheese looks fabulous!

I linked up my Chive and Onion Potato Casserole. Thanks for hosting!

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Amanda-The Sweet Details June 7, 2011 at 9:53 am

I linked up my chocolate chocolate chip cookies! They are for a serious chocolate lover! Don’t forget to come and link up to savory sunday! It’s open for a few more days :)

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Roz June 7, 2011 at 10:33 am

Hi Lisa, Mac and cheese is one of the best comfort foods! Thanks for hosting and do please stop by this weekend to my new Fresh Food Friday. Already a follower too.

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Aimee @ ShugarySweets June 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

Yum, I love homemade mac&cheese. Thanks for sharing, and hosting!
Aimee

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Tina (PinayInTexas) June 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Nice to be back here! Sharing my Sauteed Mung Beans for this week!
Thanks for hosting!

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Michelle June 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

YUM! I love homemade mac and cheese, and this looks like a great version. I made some a couple weeks ago, but … it’s now in the mid-90s with huge humidity, so I’m done with the oven and stove until fall.

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Lisa June 9, 2011 at 9:31 am

Michelle, it is hot here too. Not sure when I will fire up the oven again! :-)

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Cassie June 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm

That looks so good! It makes me really wish I could eat dairy right now!

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Kagi June 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Mmmm looks yummy! Thanks for hosting :)

http://sweetenedbykagi.blogspot.com

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Crafty Cupcake Girl June 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Hi Lisa! Thanks for another fun party! I linked up some Veggie Pizza! I hope you like it!!

Cheers!
Lilli

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Lilli June 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Yay I’m your newest follower!!

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jennifer June 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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