Penne Mac & Cheese

Penne Mac & Cheese
Servings: 12 Cook 6 mins Bake 350°F 20 mins Broil 3 mins


  • 1 box (16 ounces) penne rigate
  • 3/4 pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 pound Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 F. Coat a 2-quart broiler-safe oval baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling.

2. Once water boils, add penne. Cook 6 minutes, then drain. In a large bowl, toss together the cheddar, Gruyere and Asiago. Set aside.

3. Meanwhile, melt butter in medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth and slightly bubbly. In a thin stream, whisk in milk. Stir in onion powder, salt and cayenne. bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in 2 1/2 cups of the cheese mixture.

4. In pasta pot, stir together the cooked penne and the cheese sauce. Pour half into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with a generous cup of the cheese. Spoon remaining penne into dish and top with remaining cheese.

5. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil and cook 3 minutes, until top is lightly browned. Cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 12; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 400, Fat, total (g): 21, chol. (mg): 65, sat. fat (g): 12, carb. (g): 33, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 20, sodium (mg): 410, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.