Baked Three Cheese Mac n’ Cheese

A smoked gouda spread that I found in a gift basket gave me the idea for a three cheese ( gouda, mozzarella and cheddar) mac and cheese recipe.

The basket below I bought at CVS for 50% off in the Christmas Clearance aisle. It was originally $24.99, reduced to $12.49 and I had $5.00 in CVS rewards, so I only paid a little over $6.00 and the goodies were delish!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound small macaroni
  • ½ cup butter divided, plus extra for buttering the dish
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup gouda cheese 
  • 1/2cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic power
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 2 ½ quart or larger casserole dish.
  2. Bring 4 quarts and 1 tablespoon salt to a rolling boil. Add macaroni and cook until just al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain well. Do not overcook and do not rinse macaroni.
  3. Return pot to stovetop. Over medium heat, melt 6 tablespoons butter until foaming. Whisk in flour and cook until bubbling about 1 minute; should be a sand consistency.
  4. Whisk in milk and bring to boil. Remove from heat and stir in cheeses until melted.
  5. Fold in macaroni and stir until combined. Pour into prepared casserole dish.
  6. In a medium bowl, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in microwave. Stir in garlic and parsley. Add breadcrumbs and toss until evenly coated.
  7. Pour breadcrumbs over macaroni. Bake until sauce is bubbling and breadcrumbs have browned, 25-30 minutes.

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