Stove-top Four Cheese Mac and Cheese #SundaySupper

Can you think of anything more comforting than a big bowl of pasta and creamy cheese? I can’t either, so bundle up inside with the ultimate comfort food of Stove-Top Four Cheese Mac and Cheese for dinner this week. 

Stove-top Four Cheese Mac and Cheese #SundaySupper from The Girl In The LIttle Red Kitchen

The bitter, biting cold has returned with a vengeance and I for one am not a happy camper.  Between the wind tunnels hiding between tall Manhattan buildings and slipping and sliding down sidewalks that are iced over, I’d really prefer to stay inside until it’s warm again.

It’s not something I can legitimately get away with though, is it?

I didn’t think it was, but on the bright side after surviving a day out in the cold I can at least come home to a piping hot, cheese covered meal that’s on the table before I have time to completely thaw out.

Four Cheese Mac and Cheese | The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

When I think gooey melty cheese for dinner there are so many possibilities and a lot of them come in the form of a casserole.  Are you a fan, did you grow up eating them?

We really had three that we rotated with growing up but since lasagna, baked ziti and mac and cheese didn’t end with the word “casserole”, it never stuck out in my mind as being one.  However, it’s cooked in a deep dish, it’s comforting, and it gives you leftovers for days.  I’m pretty sure that’s the trifecta you need to make a successful one and #SundaySupper has a great selection of ideas today.

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Why up the ante to four cheeses instead of one? Well mac and cheese isn’t complete without cheddar, gruyere adds to the melty factor and I love the funkiness brie gives off with the tangy taste of goat.

I’m no stranger to this cheese and carb love-fest and I confess that blue box made more than one appearance on my dinner table in college.

However as adults, you need to toss it away, because once you realize how easy this stove-top version is, no boxed type will ever enter your home again.  I promise by the time the water is boiling and the pasta has finished cooking your cheese sauce will be ready to go.   Toss  a little salad together and dinner is on the table.

Stove-top Four Cheese Mac and Cheese
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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 ounces gruyere cheese, grated
  • 5-6 ounces brie, outer rind removed and cut into small pieces
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 ounces white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 16 ounces rigatoni

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the rigatoni according to the packages directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour to create a roux. Cook the roux for 3-4 minutes or until it starts to brown lightly.
  3. While whisking, very slowly pour in about 1/4 cup of the milk, the roux and milk will thicken into a paste. Continue to slow pour in the milk, while whisking, making sure no lumps form.
  4. Whisk in the heavy cream, salt, mustard, nutmeg and pepper.
  5. Let the milk come to a simmer, at this point the sauce should be thick.
  6. Turn off the heat and start to mix in the cheese one type at a time until each variety is completely mixed in. If you are having trouble getting the cheese completely melted, return the bechamel to very low heat until the cheese is melted.
  7. At this point you can add the rigatoni to the cheese sauce or pour the cooked rigatoni in your serving dish and the sauce on top. Stir to make sure the pasta is completely covered with sauce.
  8. Serve immediately.
Recipe Type: Main
http://girlinthelittleredkitchen.com/2015/01/stove-top-four-cheese-mac-cheese/

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34 thoughts on “Stove-top Four Cheese Mac and Cheese #SundaySupper

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  11. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom)

    I am again reminded at how easy it is to make stovetop mac ‘n cheese! Need to get back on this and stop buying the boxed version!

    Reply
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  16. Laura Dembowski

    This is exactly my kind of macaroni and cheese. Ooey, gooey, and melty. I’m not a fan of baked versions. You think NYC is cold, try Michigan, where it was below 0 a lot of the week. Yuck!

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