Macaroni and Three Cheeses

Photo by Lauren K.
Adapted from marthastewart.com

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from marthastewart.com

Ingredients

  • 6

    tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1

    pound medium pasta shells

  • 1/4

    cup all-purpose flour

  • 1

    teaspoon dry mustard powder

  • 4

    cups whole milk

  • 4

    ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (1 cup)

  • 4

    ounces Havarti cheese, coarsely grated (1 cup)

  • 4

    ounces Muenster cheese, coarsely grated (1 cup)

  • 1

    teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 6

    slices white sandwich bread

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Butter a shallow 4-quart baking dish (oval or 9-by-13-inch rectangle); set aside. Generously salt boiling water; add pasta. Cook, according to package instructions, until 2 minutes short of al dente. Drain pasta, and return to pot. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium. Transfer 2 tablespoons melted butter to a small bowl; set aside for topping. Add flour and mustard powder to remaining butter in saucepan. Cook, whisking, 1 minute (do not let flour darken). Whisk in milk. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until sauce is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat. Gradually whisk in cheeses; add Worcestershire sauce, and season generously with salt and pepper. Add sauce to pasta, and toss to combine; transfer to prepared baking dish. Place bread in food processor; pulse until very coarse crumbs form (you should have about 3 cups). Add reserved melted butter, and pulse just to moisten. Scatter crumbs over pasta in baking dish. (If making ahead, cover and refrigerate up to 1 day.) Place dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until topping is golden and sauce is bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes. (If refrigerated, bake for 30 to 35 minutes.) Cool 5 minutes before serving.

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