In our house mac and cheese is one of our favorite meals. Just the other night Tyler and I were joking that we don't serve this as a side dish, we love it so much that it stands alone as an entree.
And since we love it so much and I refuse to make the box stuff (I know, I know, it tastes really good but I can't in good knowledge make it!), I have to have a couple of different recipes on hand.
This was a new one we recently tried out and it did not disappoint!
White Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
Source: Strongly Adapted from Martha Stewart Cooking School
1 box shell pasta (or whatever shape you prefer)
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
3 tbsp butter
1/2 onion, diced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1/2 cup Swiss cheese, grated
1 cup Italian Blend cheese, grated
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated, plus additional 1/2 cup set aside for topping
1 1/2 cups White Cheddar Cheese, grated, plus additional 1/2 cup set aside for topping
Salt, to taste
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Meanwhile, boil noodles about 2 minutes less than instructed on the box (so when you bake them they won't come out mushy) and drain. Set aside.
Melt butter in a saucepan and add the onion, cooking until the onion becomes transparent. Whisk in the flour and stir for about 45 seconds.
Add the milk and stir to combine the flour, bring to a simmer and occasionally scrape the sides and bottom, for about 4 minutes. The milk mixture should have thickened.
Add the Italian Blend, 1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese, 1 1/2 cups of White Cheddar, and Swiss Cheese, stirring until everything has melted and is smooth. Add in the salt and other seasonings.
Mix the pasta in with the sauce until evenly combined and pour into a lightly greased casserole dish.
Mix together the breadcrumbs and remaining cheeses, sprinkle on top of the macaroni and cheese.
Bake for about 25 minutes, until cheese is bubbling.
If your breadcrumbs haven't browned then turn on your broiler and continue to cook for about 1 more minute, watching closely to make sure they don't burn!