Darius Cook's 6 Cheese Mac & Cheese

The Editors at Food Fanatic | Food Fanatic

The best way to improve on classic Mac and Cheese? Make it even cheesier!

What’s better than Mac & Cheese? That’s a pretty tough question, but we have the answer for you! It's SIX Cheese Mac & Cheese, of course! 

A great way to improve upon classic  mac & cheese is to use a variety of flavorful cheeses, creating a luxurious and mouthwatering dinner. 

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While you can use any six of your favorite cheeses in this recipe, there are some cheeses that we'd particularly recommend! 

Here are our favorites:

  • Classic sharp cheddar: melts well and has a smooth creamy flavor
  • Gruyere: deliciously nutty, this mature Swiss cheese adds a new dimension of flavor to Mac & Cheese
  • Smoky gouda: this Dutch smoky cheese adds a meaty flavor, as well as being creamy and smooth
  • Monterey Jack: originating in California, this cheese is wonderfully smooth, which creates a velvety melt, perfect for this Mac & Cheese!
  • Brie: elegant and creamy, this decadent French cheese adds a touch of luxury to your Mac & Cheese 
  • Parmesan Reggiano: Nutty yet sweet, this Italian cheese adds a beautiful dimension to any pasta dish

With only 15 minutes prep time, this recipe can be whipped up even on those busy nights, which means you can add this to your recipe rota to enjoy often!

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Variations

You can add yet another dimension of flavor to this tasty dish by creating a crispy top! Simply mix breadcrumbs (panko are best!) and butter with the shredded cheese you’ve set aside for the topping. 

Healthy Mac and Cheese Image

For more adventurous diners, add minced garlic to the topping for a slight bit of a heat, and an extra bite. Alternatively, add dijon mustard or mustard powder along with the cheese for a richer, more robust sauce.

Gluten Free Mac and Cheese Pic

Trying to get your kids to eat some extra veggies? Just dice them finely and add them to your Mac & Cheese! Why not include diced sun-dried tomatoes or caramelized onions in the mix for a uniquely delicious flavor? 

Darius Cook's 6 Cheese Mac & Cheese

    6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Cooked Pasta, elbow macaroni works best
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 4 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Half & Half
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 4 cups Cheese, shredded - use any combination of cheeses you enjoy, plus extra for topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Over high heat, melt butter in a large saucepan, and stir in the flour until it forms a thick paste. This creates the roux, which is a base in many sauces.
  3. Pour in the half and half and heavy cream, stirring occasionally. Allow the mixture to come to a boil.
  4. Add the cheese, heavy cream, and seasonings, stirring thoroughly; reduce to a low heat.
  5. Allow the cheese to melt until it is thickened into a smooth, velvety sauce.
  6. Stir in the cooked pasta, and mix well.
  7. Transfer the mixture into a baking dish and top with shredded cheese.
  8. Bake until the top is a lovely golden brown, about 30 to 45 minutes. 
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Author: The Editors at Food Fanatic
Source: Natural Roots Magazine
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 727
Calories 1002

% Daily Value*
140%
Total Fat 91g
122%
  Saturated Fat 24g
18%
Sodium 438mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate 11g
0%
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
39%
Protein 20g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.