Indulgent Mac and Cheese

Indulgent Mac and Cheese
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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 servings

This recipe is so fabulous it's hard to stop eating it. This is true comfort food. For an easier recipe that only uses two saucepans, see Easier Indulgent Mac and Cheese. The combination of five cheeses, heavy cream, onion, garlic, and tender cooked pasta is simply wonderful. The addition of bread crumbs mixed with butter on top adds the perfect final crunchy topping. You'll love every bite.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound rotelle, gemelli, or rotini pasta
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced Brie cheese, rind removed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make It

Preheat the oven to 400°F and butter a 13" x 9" baking dish. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta.

Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan and reduce to 3/4 cup over high heat. Bring the cream to a boil in another large heavy saucepan and reduce it to 1-1/2 cups. Both of these processes should take about 10 minutes.

Melt the butter and olive oil in another large heavy saucepan and cook the onions and garlic until translucent and tender.

Cook the pasta until al dente and drain.

Add the reduced cream and reduced broth to the onions, then add the mustard, cheddar, Gouda, Gruyere, and Brie cheeses and whisk until melted and blended. Add the seasonings. Add the pasta and mix well.

Spoon into the prepared baking dish. In a small bowl, mix bread crumbs, 3 tablespoons melted butter and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over casserole. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the top browns and casserole is bubbly.