The Ultimate 5 Cheese Baked Mac and Cheese

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Nor Mac

By
@Adashofloverecipepage

This is a favorite recipe with a twist. Rather than using all sharp cheddar cheese. I decided to use five different cheeses. It resulted in a yummy, creamy and flavorful mac & cheese. This is the ultimate comfort food. . Enjoy!

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
16
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
40 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • NOTE: YOU MAY DIVIDE INGREDIENTS IN HALF TO MAKE A SMALLER BATCH. CONTINUE TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS

  • 1 lb
    elbow macaroni cooked aldente, and drained per instructions on box
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter
  • TOPPING

  • 1 c
    seasoned panko bread crumbs or crushed ritz crackers
  • 2-4 Tbsp
    butter. use 2 tablespoons for panko. more for crackers
  • CHEESE SAUCE

  • 4 Tbsp
    butter
  • 1/4 c
    flour
  • 4 c
    whole milk
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    mustard powder
  • 16 oz
    cottage cheese whipped. i used my food processor
  • 1 1/2 c
    shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 c
    swiss cheese shredded
  • 1 c
    american cheese shredded
  • 2 c
    mozzarella cheese shreded

How to Make The Ultimate 5 Cheese Baked Mac and Cheese

Step-by-Step

  1. Note: you may divide recipe ingredients in half to make a smaller pan.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. Salt water for macaroni. Bring water to a boil. Cook per instructions on box and drain.
  4. After draining macaroni. Pour back into large kettle. Add 2 tablespoons of butter. Stiruntil melted and macaroni is coated evenly. Set aside.
  5. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in large Dutch oven. Add in the flour. Over medium low heat Stir frequently until thickened .
  6. Add in the milk and cottage cheese. Followed by salt, pepper, and mustard. Raise temperature of stove to medium high heat. Stir constantly until well combined and hot.
  7. Mix the painko bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons of melted butter and set aside
  8. Add the cheddar, American, Swiss, and mozzarella cheese to the hot milk mixture. Stir over heat until the cheese is melted in well.
  9. Add in the macaroni and stir well to combine.
  10. Pour into large buttered 9 x 13” pan or casserole. You may also foil line and butter it before adding macaroni.
  11. Sprinkle with Panko breadcrumbs. Bake in oven until top of panko crumbs are golden brown. Approximately 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Store leftovers in fridge .

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