November 15, 2022

ULTIMATE 3 Cheese Baked Macaroni + Cheese

Creamy 3 Cheese Baked Macaroni + Cheese
Ooey, gooey + deliciously cheesy! This easy recipe for mac + cheese is by far the best I’ve ever had, featuring a cheese sauce made with sharp cheddar, asiago and cream cheese!    The three different types of cheese create the most smooth, rich and velvety mac + cheese without the Velveeta!  This is the perfect side dish for a weeknight meal or for the holidays!  Looking for more great holiday side dishes? Check out some of my favorites!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb elbows, shells, cavatappi, or other short, tube-shaped pasta
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder
  • 12 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 ounces asiago cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces cream cheese

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. (about 1-2 minuites less than package instructions because it will continue to cook in the oven.) Drain and set aside.
  • 2.Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium pot over medium heat. (The pot should be large enough to hold all the pasta and cheese sauce when cooked.)
  • Whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, until little bubbles start forming and the flour begins to turn golden, about 4 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk to avoid clumping. Add onion powder, salt and mustard powder. Bring to a simmer, whisking constantly and being sure to get around the edges of the pot to avoid burning.
  • Add grated cheeses and cream cheese and whisk to blend until the cheese is completely melted.
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil (to catch any dripping cheese.
  • Put the cooked and drained macaroni in the pot with the cheese sauce and mix to combing. Transfer to a baking dish (about 9x13)
  • Place on prepared baking sheet and bake until macaroni and cheese is bubbling, about 15 to 20 minutes. Optional: sprinkle with some extra cheese and broil for the last 3-4 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.
Keyword 30 minute meal, game-day, kid-friendly, vegetarian

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