Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
6 servings (serving size: about 1 ramekin)

Try this rich and creamy three-cheese macaroni and cheese for the ultimate feel-good meal.

"If I go more than a day or two without pasta, watch out, because I get nasty," jokes one user. Other users admit hankering for high-quality cheese. Keep a close eye on the flour while it cooks so it doesn't burn. For a weeknight supper, bake the macaroni in an 8-inch square baking dish for 35 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add flour and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add Gorgonzola, 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, and salt; stir until cheeses melt. Discard bay leaf.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 3

Cook pasta in boiling water 5 minutes or until almost tender, omitting salt and fat; drain well. Add pasta to cheese mixture, stirring well. Place about 1/2 cup pasta mixture into each of 6 (1-cup) ramekins coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella. Top evenly with remaining pasta mixture. Combine remaining 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano and panko; sprinkle evenly over pasta mixture. Spray lightly with cooking spray; sprinkle with black pepper. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until heated.

Ratings & Reviews


September 26, 2015
I read the comments and added some pasta water in an attempt to avoid dryness, to no avail. Was still dry. Will try again and next time I will reduce the flour to 1Tbsp. The cheeses were nice. Served with bruschetta and toast and steamed broccoli.

Finally a tasty Mac 'n cheese

July 27, 2015
I used ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt for the Gorgonzola & added more milk when it seemed too dry. Excellent! I had never had Mac 'n cheese I liked until this recipe tonight!

sheridan's Review

July 13, 2014
I love this recipe! I have never been a huge fan of mac & cheese (especially homemade) till I made this! It really is a grown up version. The flavor is great....not bland like someone said. They must have done something wrong. However, don't go into this thinking it is going to taste anything like the normal mac & cheese. Anyway, my only criticism is that it is quite dry. I think I will try doubling the bechamel sauce next time to make it a little more creamy. Other then that, it is amazing!

MelissaM's Review

May 20, 2014
First, I really must do a short rant. Why oh why oh why do people think they can change the ingredients of a recipe and then give it a negative review? You DIDN'T make the recipe. Geesh! Ok, so I followed the directions precisely through the measurements and types of cheeses. I cooked a full box of spiral pasta for this recipe and I mixed it in until I reached the consistency that I wanted which ended up being the whole box. I served it with a few dashes of hot pepper sauce on top. This was so delicious my husband and I had 2nd servings and we NEVER do that anymore. This will be a regular dish in my home. Yum!

MaryBoehm's Review

March 09, 2014
This recipe was very bland, almost to the point of being tasteless. I don't understand how it received such high reviews. It is also quite dry and totally lacking in the creaminess that good mac and cheese should have. In my opinion, the Chipotle Mac & Cheese recipe (also on Cooking Light) is far superior, as it is not only quite spicy but also creamy and actually even cheesy. Imagine! My husband was a good sport about this one, but I won't be making it again.

Maidakoller's Review

February 24, 2014
I made this last night for the first time. The only difference I made was adding langoustine lobster pieces to the recipe and a bit of white truffle salt. I love lobster Mac 'n Cheese and order it whenever it's on the menu. This was as good as any restaurant. Truly decadent and worthy of a special dinner.

KateYooper's Review

January 31, 2013
Seriously one of the best, "Grown-up" versions I've ever had! I made it exactly as written. Wouldn't change a thing!

MelissaStu's Review

November 21, 2012
I used a different shape pasta and no panko, but followed the directions otherwise. It's fabulous. The portions are small, but it's ok because its very rich. The blue cheese flavor is lovely!

WkdMartha1's Review

September 23, 2012

Basset_Hound's Review

September 18, 2012
Delicious. The Gorgonzola made it interesting and unique. My husband loved it. I will definitely make it again