Four-Cheese Macaroni

Four-Cheese Macaroni Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 40 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes


12 ounces cavatappi pasta
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 cups milk
2 cups (8 oz.) freshly shredded white Cheddar cheese
1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded fontina cheese
1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded Asiago cheese
1 1/2 cups soft, fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons butter, melted


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare pasta according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, melt 1/2 cup butter in a Dutch oven over low heat; whisk in flour and ground red pepper until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 6 to 7 minutes or until milk mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat.

3. Toss together Cheddar cheese and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl; reserve 1 1/2 cups cheese mixture. Add remaining cheese mixture and hot cooked pasta to sauce, tossing to coat. Spoon into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with reserved 1 1/2 cups cheese mixture.

4. Toss together breadcrumbs and next 3 ingredients; sprinkle over cheese mixture.

5. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.


November 2012
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