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Fancy Pants Mac-n-Cheese

COOK TIME
30 mins
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Fancy Pants Mac-n-Cheese
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COOK TIME
30 mins
RATE THIS RECIPE
(147)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • 10 ounces Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked
  • 1/2 cup chopped prosciutto
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Chef notes

    This gourmet mac-and-cheese looks impressive in a dish, with flecks of salty prosciutto throughout and a rich flavor from the Gouda and Gruyere. It's wonderfully simple to put together and will surely get the stamp of approval from cheese lovers of all ages.

    Preparation

    1.

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

    2.

    In a large bowl, microwave the milk at HIGH for 1½ minutes. Melt the butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-low heat; whisk in the flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly for 1 minute.

    3.

    Gradually whisk in the warm milk and cook, whisking constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes.

    4.

    Whisk in the salt, black pepper, shredded Gouda and Gruyère cheeses and red pepper if desired, until smooth; then stir in the cooked pasta. Add the chopped prosciutto and mix well. Spoon the pasta mixture into a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish; top with the shredded Parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.