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

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Step 5

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

Ratings & Reviews

leeson75's Review

June 20, 2009
This recipe is fantastic! I've made it a few times now and ususally omit the gorgonzola and add more swiss or edam. I also chop up some thick pieces of ham and sautee them with onion to add to the mix. Always tastes great!

Liberty's Review

November 07, 2008
This was so incredibly bland and disgusting. It was such a waste of money. I was so disappointed. I will never make this again or recommend anyone make this. The Gorgonzola cheese overpowered everything. If I could use one word to describe this that word would be Ewww.

mrscrazyed's Review

September 17, 2011
This makes a nice change from ordinary mac and cheese; you really have to enjoy a variety of cheeses, however, because some of these are a lot stronger than what is normally found in mac and cheese. Don't leave out the bay leaves when heating the milk; this makes a huge difference in taste. After the pasta was cooked, I reserved a little of the water in case the pasta/cheese mixture was too thick. (I do this with most pasta dishes that have a cheesy sauce.) Instead of baking it in a large baking dish, I spooned it into individual ramikins and baked until bubbly. We don't care for bread toppings so left that off altogether, although the sage sounds interesting. This is now in my "keeper file."

detailaddict's Review

August 07, 2010
I thought this was just ok; I cut the amount of pasta by 1/3 (as pasta recipes usually call for too much) and baked it covered except for the last few minutes, but the dish was still a little dry and not all that cheesy. I liked the overall blend of flavors; if i make this again maybe I will also increase the amount of sauce or not cook the milk down as much.

Jenn1877's Review

November 19, 2011
I have been making this mac & cheese for years and am always thrilled with it. It's creamy, rich and savory and really easy to make. It's a great weeknight dinner and perfect the next day warmed up or cold. Delicious!

GoldringGirl's Review

February 27, 2011
I noticed that a lot of people complained about this recipe being dry - fully cooking the pasta will help with this. I added a bit of mustard powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and some diced red pepper. Most importantly, I used GOUDA instead of Gorgonzola - it came out wonderfully! A few tweaks and this is a great recipe - only 3 stars because it needed the tweaks. Still, it was creamy, and my husband is having seconds, which is rare.

hollyhm's Review

June 15, 2010
Made this last night for the kids in an attempt to get them away from the "processed mac and cheese" they usually eat. It was a success. 2 of 3 really liked it and the third thought it needed more cheddar. I used edam, parmesan, swiss and cheddar --thought the gorgonzola might scare the kids off. I sprinkled some on my portion, and really liked the blue cheese bite. I took another raters advise and mixed panko with butter and sage in mini food processor...loved the resulting topping. This may not be the final "favorite" mac and cheese for the family, but it is a great start, and they are now willing to try others!

KGiamarino's Review

January 04, 2014

JimMarltonNJ's Review

March 02, 2011
This is a great tasting mac & cheese. The gorgonzola gives it a tasty little tang. A little costly, but worth it.

Bunster's Review

May 16, 2010
I added truffled wild oyster mushrooms and subbed gruyere for the swiss and it was outstanding! Only issue is that on the second day the macaroni is a bit drier, so might decrease to 3/4 lbs. of pasta for next time. ALso topped with combo of bread crumbs and panko and parmeasan cheese, and fresh parsley and dried sage. Very yummy gourmet dinner!