Gourmet White Mac & Cheese
Gourmet White Mac & Cheese

Prep: 25 minutes
Bake: 30 minutes • Serves: 12

1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups whole milk
8 ounces fontina cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
8 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
8 ounces sharp white Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 large Roma tomatoes, each cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Heat large covered saucepot of salted water to boiling over high heat. Add pasta and cook as label directs; drain pasta.

2. Meanwhile, in medium microwave-safe bowl, heat 2 tablespoons butter in microwave oven on high 45 seconds or until melted. Add breadcrumbs and Parmesan, and stir until breadcrumbs are moistened.

3. In large saucepot, melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in milk and heat to boiling over medium-high heat, whisking constantly until mixture is smooth and thickens. Remove saucepot from heat. Stir in cheeses, salt and pepper; fold in pasta until well coated with sauce.

4. Pour pasta mixture into 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Arrange tomatoes in single layer over pasta; sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over tomatoes. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until edges bubble and top is browned.

Approximate nutritional values per serving:510 Calories, 28g Fat (17g Saturated), 90mg Cholesterol, 602mg Sodium, 40g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 25g Protein

Chef Tip
Bowtie or rotini pasta can be substituted for penne pasta.

Gourmet White Mac & Cheese
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