3 Cheese Mac and Cheese

"I’m about to share with you the perfect top for your baked mac & cheese. I love a good crunchy top to my mac & cheese and I’m positive you are going to love this idea! That little extra topping makes this dish so much better."
-- @nictastingspoon
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Prep time 25mins
Cook time 25mins
Serves or Makes: 8

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  • cooking spray
  • 1 pound macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard, (yellow or dijon)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup parmesan, shredded
  • 1 cup gouda, shredded
  • 1 box cheddar squares


  • Step 1

    Preheat your oven to 350F. Spray your cast iron pan or casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.

  • Step 2

    In a pot of salty boiling water, cook your macaroni according to the package until it is al dente.

  • Step 3

    In a large pot you will want to make the cheese sauce. Over medium heat, melt your butter and whisk in the flour. It should form a wet sand consistency – this is called a roux.

  • Step 4

    Add in your milk and mustard. Whisk until the lumps are gone. Cook for 2-4 minutes until it becomes thick. Stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

  • Step 5

    Take off the heat and stir in the cheeses. Stir until the cheeses are melted and fulling incorporated.

  • Step 6

    Add in your cooked macaroni and stir until evenly distributed.

  • Step 7

    Pour your thick macaroni and cheese mixture into your prepared pan or casserole. Spread around so that it's an even layer.

  • Step 8

    Now you want to add your cheddar squares. Maybe start with a cup or so, I don't think you will use the entire box, but I like my topping to be thick. You can hand crush the squares, use a food processor or in a plastic bag, bang them with a rolling pin. I use my hands because I like the rustic look with both large and small pieces.

  • Step 9

    Place in the oven at 350F for 25 minutes.

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