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Extra Cheesy Queso Mac

Updated on May 27, 2013
Lots of parmesan is just one of four cheeses in this Queso-Mac recipe.
Lots of parmesan is just one of four cheeses in this Queso-Mac recipe. | Source

Cheese-cheese-cheese-cheese! This recipe for queso-mac features four types of, what do you call it… cheese! Nutty Gruyere from Switzerland, milky Jarlsberg from Norway, sharp Parmesan from Italy, and chewy cheddar from England – Extra-cheesy queso-mac is for the true cheese lover.

Serve Extra-cheesy queso mac with a citrus salad; the acidic citrus counters the over-the-top cheesiness of this dish. If this dish is for a special dinner, a crisp white wine goes well such as a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Avoid heavy desserts; this cheesy dish should take center stage with light accompaniments.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves 6
Secret ingredient -- roasted garlic!
Secret ingredient -- roasted garlic! | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 head garlic, roasted and diced
  • 1/2 c green onion, chopped
  • 12 oz. pasta
  • 1/2 c bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 2 c milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c sharp cheddar, grated
  • 1/2 c Gruyere, grated
  • 1/2 c Parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 c Jarlsberg, grated
  • 2 t corn starch

Comfort Food? Suitable for Date Night?

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Tip: The Bechemal sauce should not be white. Keep cooking until it's at least golden.
Tip: The Bechemal sauce should not be white. Keep cooking until it's at least golden. | Source

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚.
  2. Cook and drain the pasta, set aside
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter; add the flour, onions, garlic, salt and pepper, whisk until blended (will be thick)
  4. Pour the milk, stirring constantly
  5. Bring to low boil; stir and reduce heat, simmering for 10 min. Stir constantly to avoid curdling
  6. Add shredded cheeses little by little until melted
  7. Place pasta in large bowl; pour cheese sauce over pasta, stirring to coat evenly
  8. Transfer to buttered baking dish or individual ramekins; sprinkle with bread crumbs
  9. Bake for 20 min, until golden brown.
  10. Makes 6 servings
Gruyere -- not just for fondue.
Gruyere -- not just for fondue. | Source

Bechemal Sauce

Tips

The comfort food macaroni and cheese may seem like a no-brainer, but it is possible to ruin this beautiful dish. Follow the tips below to avoid mac-n-cheese disappointment.

  • Don't buy cheap cheese. Think of queso mac as fondue poured over noodles. Good, aged cheese gives the dish its rich flavors.
  • Sprinkle corn starch over hard cheeses like Gruyere. The corn starch makes hard cheeses melt more easily, just like with fondue.
  • Stir the Béchamel for a full 8 to 10 minutes. You want to flour, butter and milk to cook slightly to avoid giving the cheese sauce a floury taste.
  • Add a sprinkle of nutmeg for an even more complex flavor profile.
  • The baking step may be omitted; you only need to bake macaroni and cheese if creating the bread crumb crust.

Favorite Mac and Cheese

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Spare Cheese -- Now What?

Most likely when you buy the cheeses for this recipe you will find yourself with leftovers. Quelle dommage!

Cheese has oh-so-many uses. With a bit of wine, you can turn the Gruyere and Jarlberg into an internationally-inspired fondue.

How about the other comfort food -- grilled cheese! Slice apple or pear thinly and layer with the Gruyere for a French-inspired grilled cheese. Spread a thin coating of quince jam on the bread before adding the Jarlsberg. Put thin strips of pickled pimento with the cheddar. What other combinations can you think of?

Make bruschetta. Sprinkle a little olive oil and garlic on hard bread, add the Parmesan, and broil. Alternately spread a thin layer of pesto before adding the Parmesan.

Speaking of pesto, make pesto! Homemade pesto is much better than anything you will buy in a store or eat in a restaurant outside of Genoa (Theirs is probably better, but for those of us living elsewhere...)

Make more mac and cheese!

Other Cheese Recipes

Spicy Mexican Macaroni and Cheese: Hot pepper Jack cheese takes center stage in this dish-- but a secret ingredient binds it all together.

Luxe Eggs Florentine with Cheese Sauce: This variation on the classic egg-over-spinach breakfast uses a luscious cheese sauce for a topping.

Luxe Cheese Sauce: The cheese sauce starts with a creamy Béchamel base. Add aged Gruyere cheese, and you almost have a fondue!

The Art of Fondue: Cheese fondue is a Swiss specialty mostly consisting of hard cheese melted in white wine. Meat and chocolate fondues are newcomers to the culinary scene.

Ready to eat -- super-cheesy Queso-Mac
Ready to eat -- super-cheesy Queso-Mac | Source

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      lisa42 4 years ago from Sacramento

      Sounds yummy! Suddenly I'm feeling hungry for cheese. :-)

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      This'll take care of your craving! Thanks for stopping by!

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