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This rich decadent baked mac and cheese recipe will win over any cheese lover.
Recipe type: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12+ servings
  • 1 lb elbow pasta
  • 2 cups Cheddar (extra sharp)
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 cup Jarlsburg Cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  1. preheat oven to 425°
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions to aldente, do not overcook pasta, or it will be mushier when baked in the sauce.
  3. Grate all the cheeses.
  4. Prepare a roux in a medium skillet by melting the butter in the pan first then adding the flour to it and stirring it while the flour absorbs the butter and it no longer resembles raw flour.
  5. Slowly add to it the cream and milk while mixing with a whisk on medium heat, stirring continually.
  6. It will create a nice sauce. Add in the cayenne pepper and salt.
  7. Stir in the grated cheeses. Pour over the cooked pasta ( do not rinse pasta). You can serve it like this, but I like it baked, if you do too, place everything in a buttered casserole dish.
  8. Bake at 425° degrees for 30-45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  9. ( I topped it off with 1/4 cup Romano Cheese before baking)
  10. This is very cheesy Mac and Cheese, if you prefer it more "saucy" and less rich, add half the amount of cheese in the recipe, it's still plenty cheesy and delicious.
  11. ***If you prefer your mac and cheese, less thick and creamier, reduce the amount of cheese you add to half (1 cup Monterey Jack, 1 cup cheddar and 1/2 cup Jarlsburg or 2 1/2 cups of shredded cheese of your choice)
  12. I make it both ways, some days I'm in an extra cheesy mood this recipe is great for that,
  13. if I want a creamier mac and cheese I just use 2 to 2 1/2 cups cheese.
  14. If you don't like it baked, don't bake it.
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