Four-Cheese Classic Mac

Four cheeses combine to give this macaroni recipe its robust flavor. Oven-broiled bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese add a crunchy topping.

Four-Cheese Classic Mac
Servings: 12 Prep 10 mins Cook 14 mins Broil 3 mins


  • 1 box (16 ounces) cavatappi or cellentani (corkscrew-shaped pasta)
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces Gouda cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces Swiss cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Make It

1. Heat broiler. Coat a 9 x 9-inch broiler-safe baking dish or six 1-cup ramekins with nonstick cooking spray. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook 11 minutes, following package directions. Drain and transfer to bowl.

2. Heat 3 tablespoons of the butter in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat until melted. Add flour, whisking to blend. Gradually add milk; whisk until smooth. Bring to a simmer over medium to medium-high heat, stirring, then add onion powder, salt and pepper. Simmer 3 minutes, then remove from heat.

3. Stir in Gouda, Cheddar, Swiss and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan until cheeses are melted and sauce is smooth. Mix into cooked pasta and pour mixture into prepared dish(es).

4. In medium-size microwave-safe bowl, melt remaining 1 teaspoon butter. Stir in panko and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan. Divide evenly over pasta. Broil 3 minutes or until browned. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 12; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 448, Fat, total (g): 20, chol. (mg): 66, sat. fat (g): 12, carb. (g): 45, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 22, sodium (mg): 525, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.