It has been very hot the last several days and I don’t have great air conditioning and I think my brain melted so not a lot of thinking power was available to plan this week’s post. I basically looked through my cheese drawer (it’s the one where other people keep vegetables) and found three different kinds of cheese, and voila: Three Cheese Mac.
Also, it’s my sister’s birthday, so happy birthday, Gina! It’s her fault this post is so short, since I had to hang out at her house this afternoon and celebrate.
Three Cheese Mac
- 8 ounces ziti pasta
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup flour
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
- 1 tsp. dry ground mustard
- 1 tsp. Kosher salt
- Bring a pan of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta for 9-10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
- Warm the milk over low heat until just on the verge of bubbling.
- Melt butter over medium heat and stir in flour. Whisk approximately 3 minutes.
- Slowly add the warm milk, whisking continually. It will be very thick and then will smooth out.
- Stir in the dry mustard and salt.
- Scoop out ½ – 1 cup of the sauce and reserve for future re-heating as needed. (You may need to add more cheese in that case.)
- Add the cheeses and stir until melted and sauce is smooth.
- Add the pasta and stir until coated.
- Top with additional shredded cheese (optional).
This is good. I’ve had a few WOW results recently, and this doesn’t quite hit that level (and possibly suffered a little in comparison), but it’s an absolutely fine entry in the series. Unlike some that are best straight from stove to table, I think this one benefits from sitting a while to let the flavors deepen. I enjoyed it more on the second serving. In fact, trying it again after several hours bumped up the rating by half a noodle!
- The rough measurements I was working from was ~2 cups of cheese total, so I started with ¾ cup of each. It did not seem cheesy enough, so I quickly grated some more and dumped it in, so it was more like 1 cup of each type.
Posted July 19, 2020