Monday Meal – Smokey 4-Cheese Macaroni

I don’t know about you, but I always have a case of the Mondays.  That usually means that by the time I get home from work I don’t want to do anything–including make dinner.  Our Morris Plains Cheese Lead, Karen, shared this recipe with us and it’s the perfect (and quick) cure to your Monday Blues!

Ingredients:

  • 1   16 ounce package of elbow macaroni or shells
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 5 cups milk
  • 2 ½ cups shredded Dutch smoked Gouda
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Wexford cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Jarlsberg cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Topping:

  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter

Directions:

Cook pasta in large pot with a pinch of salt until al dente. Drain, place in a large bowl.  Melt the butter over low heat in 2 quart sauce pan. Whisk in flour and cook gently until medium brown and smells nutty (you’ve made a roux). Season with salt and pepper.  Carefully add half the milk, whisking to keep it smooth, cook 2-3 minutes, slowly add the rest of the milk.  Add all the cheese and stir until it is melted. Add to pre-cooked, drained pasta. Stir to combine. Place into a 9 x 13 inch pan.  For the topping: melt butter in microwave, stir in bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over pasta. Bake at 350* for about 30 minutes or until top is bubbly.

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