Cheesemonger's Mac and Cheese

Cheddar, Gruyère, and Brie help push this over the top. Use local, artisan-style cheeses, if you can.

Photo by Chris B.
Adapted from epicurious.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Adapted from epicurious.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2

    cups coarsely grated Gruyère cheese

  • 1 1/2

    cups coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)

  • 1 1/2

    cups diced rindless Brie (cut from 1-pound wedge)

  • 5

    tablespoons butter, divided

  • 1/4

    cup all purpose flour

  • 2

    teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves

  • 3/4

    teaspoon (scant) nutmeg

  • 4

    cups whole milk

  • 1 3/4

    cups fresh breadcrumbs made from crustless French bread

  • 1

    pound penne pasta

  • 8

    teaspoons whipping cream (if making 1 day ahead)

Directions

Mix all cheeses. Set aside 1 cup for topping; cover and chill. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir until mixture turns golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add thyme and nutmeg. Gradually whisk in milk. Simmer until thickened and smooth, stirring often, about 4 minutes. Add cheeses from large bowl. Stir until melted and smooth. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add breadcrumbs; toss. Stir until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to plate. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until tender but firm to bite. Drain. Transfer to large bowl. Pour cheese sauce over; toss. Divide among eight 1 1/4-cup custard cups. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Place cups on rimmed baking sheet. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with foil; chill. Drizzle each with 1 teaspoon cream. Cover with foil; bake 15 minutes. Uncover. Sprinkle partially baked chilled or just assembled cups with breadcrumbs. Bake pasta until beginning to bubble and tops are golden, about 20 minutes.

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