Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese

Indulge in our homestyle macaroni and cheese, using three Wisconsin cheeses to create a wonderfully rich, creamy, cheesy sauce.  Finished in the oven with buttered bread crumbs, this dish is a hit for family of all ages!

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ lb macaroni
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Colby cheese, grated
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

1. Heat oven to broil; use 1 T of butter to generously coat a 1 ½ quart casserole dish.
2. Prepare pasta according to package. Drain, transfer to bowl, drizzle with olive oil, toss to coat, and set aside.
3. Bring milk to simmer over low heat in small saucepan.  
4. In separate medium saucepan, melt ½ cup of remaining butter, using a whisk to swirl it to ensure it melts completely and does not brown.  Continue whisking and sprinkle in flour. Continue to whisk until the mixture just bubbles, about 2 minutes. 
5. Slowly pour the milk into the butter/flour mixture and continue whisking until there are no lumps. Bring sauce to a boil, reduce heat to low and season with salt and pepper.  Continue whisking until sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
6. Whisk in ¾ cup of cheddar, all the colby, and ¼ cup of parmesan; continue whisking until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.
7. Pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat.  Transfer to prepared casserole dish and set aside.
8. In microwave safe bowl, melt remaining ½ T of butter on high for 20 seconds. Add breadcrumbs and remaining cheddar and parmesan; toss well.  Spread bread crumb mixture evenly over pasta.
9. Place dish in oven on the middle rack and broil for 6-8 minutes, or until edges are bubbly and a crunchy crust forms on top.  Cool briefly before serving.

 

Tips

- For a sharper flavor, try one of our older cheddars!  One, Two, or Five Year Cheddar will all add a nice sharpness that intensifies with the age of the cheese.

- Experiment with different flavors for your own unique twist on a classic!  Want it spicy?  Try adding some spicy cheese for a fiery flavor!

 

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