Four Cheese Mac & Cheese

Stephanie Berwick


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


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20 Min
1 Hr 5 Min


  • 2 c
    heavy cream
  • 2 c
  • 1
  • 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
  • 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

How to Make Four Cheese Mac & Cheese


  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.

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About Four Cheese Mac & Cheese

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian

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