7 CHEESE GOURMET CHEDDAR MAC

Rose Mary Mogan

By
@cookinginillinois

Other than potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese is my husbands next favorite side dish. In order not to disappoint, I am forever trying to create new ways to make it. I already have 4 recipes posted for Mac & Cheese & this is my 5th. I am glad it was a winner too. because he really enjoyed this one.

He loved it so much he even suggested the name. This is a side that you can only eat on a special occasion or once in a while as it is not calorie friendly. Once in awhile is okay as long as you eat it in moderation if you can withstand the temptation. I created it from what I had on hand in the fridge.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
8 or more depending on portion size
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
35 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

1/2 box
elbow macaroni, cooked al dente or firm (8 ounces)
1/4 stick
butter (2 tbs.)
8 oz
cream cheese, cubed, softened room temperature
1/2 c
evaporated milk
1/2 c
heavy whipping cream,
2 large
eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 Tbsp
yellow mustard
1/4 c
chopped chive (freeze dried)
2 tsp
coarse ground black pepper plus extra for top if desired
1 c
monterey jack cheese cut into small cubes
3/4 c
shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c
grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 c
shredded cheddar cheese- divided
4 slices swiss cheese (cut into triangles for top) optional + chopped chive
1/2 c
gourmet cheddar cheese powder (optional)

Step-By-Step

1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook macaroni according to directions on box for al dente or firm, I cooked mine for 7 minutes. Drain. PLEASE NOTE I PURPOSELY DID NOT ADD SALT TO RECIPE BECAUSE OF SODIUM IN THE VARIOUS CHEESES.
2Add to large bowl or pot, then add the cream cheese and butter. STIR TO MIX WHILE HOT. Note I had cooked mine earlier & reheated in microwave.
3Add the evaporated milk, eggs, heavy cream, yellow mustard, chive and black pepper to a medium bowl or large measuring cup, and beat or whisk until all ingredients are blended together.
4Add the gourmet cheddar powder and stir to blend , NOTE: BEFORE I DISCOVERED THAT I COULD ORDER THIS ITEM FROM AMAZON, I WOULD BUY CHEAP MACARONI & CHEESE BOXES AND USE THAT. I NOW ORDER IN THE LARGE SIZE FROM AMAZON. It is optional if you don't have it.
5Cube the Monterey Jack cheese then add to bowl and stir to mix.
6Add the remaining cheeses, reserving 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar for top, & EXCLUDING THE SWISS SLICES and stir to blend together. Spray a medium size casserole dish with non stick cooking spray, then pour in Mac & cheese.
7Sprinkle with additional Black Pepper & chopped chive if desired.
8Cut the Swiss cheese into triangles and add to top of Macaroni & remaining shredded cheddar, then sprinkle with chopped chive if desired.
Place in preheated 350 degree F. oven and Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
9Remove from oven & allow to rest about 10 minutes then serve.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy