Four Cheese Mac & Cheese

Stephanie Berwick

By
@stephanie7754

My twist on the traditional comfort food using four different types of cheeses that combine to form beautiful flavors.


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Rating:

Serves:

4

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

1 Hr 5 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

2 c
heavy cream
2 c
buttermilk
1
onion
4
whole cloves
4
cloves garlic
5
sprigs thyme
1 Tbsp
whole pink peppercorns
1
bay leaf
1
2-inch piece of ginger
2 tsp
ground cumin
1 Tbsp
wasabi powder
3 Tbsp
all purpose flour
4 Tbsp
butter
2 Tbsp
old bay seasoning
2 Tbsp
toasted wheat germ
2 c
panko breadcrumbs
1 1/2 c
speziato al tartufo cheese – shredded
1 1/2 c
4 year aged cheddar cheese – shredded
3/4 c
tavoliere (italian table cheese) – shredded
3/4 c
gouda cheese – shredded
2 c
pasta shells

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a medium saucepan add heavy cream, buttermilk, onion, cloves, garlic, thyme, peppercorns, bay leaf, ginger, cumin, Wasabi powder, and pinch of salt & pepper. Cook on medium-high for 2 minutes, until mixture begins to boil, then turn down to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
2
Preheat oven to 350o
3
Boil water to cook the pasta until al dente, approximately 5 minutes. Drain pasta then set aside in a large bowl.
4
Make a roux in a large saucepan by melting 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk for 3-4 minutes until thickened.
Strain cream mixture into roux. Cook on medium stirring until thickened.
5
Remove cream mixture from heat then add all but 1 cup of cheeses. Stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Pour cheese sauce over pasta and stir to combine. Pour entire mixture into a baking or casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
6
Melt 2 tablespoons butter then mix with breadcrumbs and Old Bay Seasoning. Top pasta with breadcrumb mixture. Sprinkle wheat germ over breadcrumbs.
Bake for 25 minutes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Hashtags: #cheese, #mac cheese, #pasta