Ultimate Mac and Cheese

Ultimate Mac and Cheese

Searching for the cheesiest mac 'n' cheese? Try our rich and creamy take with 4 real cheeses.

Prep Time

25

Minutes

Total Time

50

Minutes

Makes

6

servings

5
cups uncooked penne pasta (16 oz)
1/2
cup butter or margarine
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2
cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon salt
4 1/2
cups milk
1
cup shredded provolone cheese (4 oz)
1
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
1/2
cup shredded fontina cheese (2 oz)
1/3
cup chopped fresh parsley
1
tablespoon butter or margarine
1
cup Progresso® panko bread crumbs
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, in 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, melt 1/2 cup butter over low heat. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring frequently. With wire whisk, stir in flour and salt until smooth. Increase heat to medium; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Gradually stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in cheeses. Cook until melted, stirring occasionally. Stir pasta and parsley into cheese sauce. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  3. In 6-inch skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat; stir in bread crumbs. Cook and stir until crumbs are golden brown. Sprinkle over pasta mixture.
  4. Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.
Makes 6 servings (1 1/2 cups each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Did You Know?
Panko bread crumbs are Japanese-style bread crumbs. They have a coarser texture and make for a much lighter and crunchier casserole. In a pinch, regular bread crumbs will also work.
Success
Slightly undercook the penne for a perfect al dente pasta in the casserole.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 850
    • (Calories from Fat 350),
  • Total Fat 39g
    • (Saturated Fat 23g,
    • Trans Fat 1g),
  • Cholesterol 100mg;
  • Sodium 1390mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 91g
    • (Dietary Fiber 4g,
    • Sugars 12g),
  • Protein 35g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 5 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 3 High-Fat Meat;
    • 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 6;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.