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Macaroni and Four Cheeses

Randy Mayor
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound uncooked medium elbow macaroni
  • 1 (1-ounce) slice white bread
  • 2 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Emmenthaler or Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 2 teaspoons butter or stick margarine, melted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 397
  • caloriesfromfat 26 %
  • fat 11.3 g
  • satfat 6.6 g
  • monofat 3 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 20.7 g
  • carbohydrate 52 g
  • fiber 1.6 g
  • cholesterol 32 mg
  • iron 2.7 mg
  • sodium 624 mg
  • calcium 425 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Cook pasta in boiling water 5 minutes or until almost tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Place pasta in a large bowl.

  3. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form. Set aside.

  4. Bring milk and bay leaves to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour in a small bowl; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until well-blended. Return milk mixture to pan. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat. Add cheeses, salt, and pepper; stirring until cheeses melt. Pour cheese sauce over pasta; stir well. Spoon mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine breadcrumbs, sage, and butter in a bowl; toss with a fork. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over pasta mixture.

  5. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.