The Ultimate Baked Mac and Cheese

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There’s nothing like diving into a big bowl of warm mac and cheese
Ultimate Baked Mac and Cheese
David Kaplan

This take on the classic comfort food uses four different kinds of cheese to deliver a decadent and rich mac and cheese that will wow your family and friends.

Ready in
45 min
Prep15 min
Cook30 min
8
Servings
1011
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, plus more for greasing Dutch oven
  • 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Cups light cream
  • 1 Cup mascarpone
  • 6 Ounces white cheddar, plus 4 ounces for the topping
  • 6 Ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
  • 6 Ounces Pecorino Romano, coarsely grated
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon chives, thinly sliced

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cook pasta according to the box instructions, but make sure to keep it al dente. Drain and set aside.

Melt the butter in a medium Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Sprinkle in flour, and using a whisk, stir constantly for 5 minutes. Add light cream and season with salt and pepper. Increase heat and continue to stir. When liquid reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Gradually add mascarpone and all the cheeses (except 4 ounces of cheddar) in small handfuls until completely melted, creating a smooth and creamy cheese sauce.

Add the pasta to the cheese sauce and mix well until completely incorporated. Top with the remaining cheddar cheese and bake until the edges started to bubble and the top is golden brown. Let sit for 5 minutes, garnish with chives, and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
73g
100%
Sugar
6g
N/A
Saturated Fat
44g
100%
Cholesterol
234mg
78%
Protein
35g
70%
Carbs
55g
18%
Vitamin A
610µg
68%
Vitamin B12
1µg
18%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
8.9%
Vitamin C
0.8mg
1.3%
Vitamin D
1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
2mg
8%
Vitamin K
8µg
10%
Calcium
827mg
83%
Fiber
2g
9%
Folate (food)
32µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
53µg
13%
Folic acid
12µg
N/A
Iron
2mg
10%
Magnesium
70mg
18%
Monounsaturated
20g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
8%
Phosphorus
682mg
97%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
341mg
10%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
31.2%
Sodium
965mg
40%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
11.1%
Trans
0.9g
N/A
Zinc
4mg
24%

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