Bougie Mac & Cheese

60 minutes

February 26, 2022
  • 1 lb Cavatappi pasta
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese (shredded and divided in half)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 10 tbsp butter (divide into 6 tbsp and 4 tbsp)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream (don’t have this? just use 1 cup milk and add 1 tbsp butter)
  • 1.5 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  1. Items needed: 4 quart baking dish, Pam spray
    • Set your oven to 350F. Spray your baking dish.
  2. Items needed: water, pasta
    • Cook your pasta for 7 minutes.
    • Drain, add a splash of olive oil and let sit.
    • You can do the next step while pasta is cooking to save some time.
  3. Items needed: 6 tbsp butter, flour, milk, heavy cream, cheddar cheese, 1 cup of the Gruyere cheese
    • Melt the butter, whisk in flour slowly (constantly stirring as you do) for about 1 minute until slightly browned.
    • Add milk and heavy cream slowly (constantly stirring as you do) until it starts to thicken. You’ll know this when you see a few bubbles.
    • Add cheese slowly and stir until thicc with two C’s
  4. Items needed: cheese saucy goodness from Step 3, pasta
    • Stir the pasta into the cheese mix until fully coated
    • Place in coated baking dish
  5. Items needed: 4 tbsp butter, panko, Parmesan cheese, 1 cup Gruyere cheese, paprika
    • Melt butter and turn off heat. Add Panko and Parmesan cheese to butter.
    • Place on top of pasta.
    • Sprinkle the Gruyere and paprika on top
  6. Items needed: oven, Mac & Cheese
    • Loosely cover with tin foil and bake for 20 minutes
    • Remove tin foil and bake for 5-10 more minutes


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