Italian Style Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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An Italian style of the famous baked macaroni and cheese and made with very tasty flavor of Italian cheeses coated with a nice gratin. You might like this authentic Italian version so to make a change to your classic Mac and Cheese. The recipe is followed with step-by-step pics...

This Italian backed pasta recipe is ideal for cheese lovers and this Italian version is made with Emmentaler, Parmigiano and Italian Fontina cheese, but there are countless combinations of cheeses that you can add according to your personal taste.

Mac & Cheese Casserole

The dish consists of a timbale of pasta topped with a béchamel sauce in which cheeses such as cheddar and parmesan are melted, all is baked in the oven to create a creamy paste with a beautiful golden crust on the surface.

Backed Macaroni

Obviously, as often happens in these types of preparations there are many recipes and variations. So adjusting only a few doses with different Italian chesses according to my taste I got creamy and tasty macaroni and cheese just as I expected them!

Mac And Cheese Dish

Italian Style Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

Ingredients: serves 6

  • 1 ¼ lb (600 gr) of Italian celentani (tubular curly pasta shape), macaroni or other short pasta
  • 2 cups (500 ml) milk
  • 8 oz (230 gr) Italian Fontina cheese
  • 8 oz (230 gr) Parmigiano Reggiano grated
  • 8 oz (230 gr) Mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz (230 gr) Emmentaler or Gruviera Swiss cheese
  • 3 oz (85 gr) flour
  • 2 tbsp (30 gr) breadcrumbs
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
Mac & Cheese

Preparation: easy 40 minutes

  1. To make macaroni and cheese first remove the rind from all the cheeses. Then turn on the oven to 350°F (180°C) and put the water for pasta to boil.
  2. Next we have to prepare a cream of cheeses, so in a saucepan put the butter and once melted add the flour then stir and make it like a paste.
  3. Keep stirring and when the mixture begins to brown (just a little) pour the milk in the same pot, and continue stirring until you get a creamy mixture (this is called bechamel). After done you can add salt, pepper and nutmeg to your personal taste.
  4. Add a part of the grated cheeses keeping aside a tablespoon of each, then stir until all ingredients are well mixed. Let it cook a few minutes until it's all melted and you have formed cheese sauce.
  5. Cook the pasta following half of the cooking time written on the package, just a few minutes are enough because the pasta must be very "al dente".
  6. Drain the pasta and bring it back in the same cooking pot so you can add the cheese sauce. Combine the cream of cheeses to the pasta and stir well.
  7. Now you must butter well a large baking casserole, and you can do this easily with a pastry brush or simply with your fingers. Cover the base and sides of the casserole with enough breadcrumbs.
  8. Immediately after pour the cheese and pasta in the casserole. Sprinkle the top with an handful of the cheeses that you had previously kept aside.
  9. The last thing to do is to cook for about 20 minutes at 350°F (180°C), or until the surface has acquired a golden color and the classic crust is formed. Once ready, remove the casserole from the oven and serve these Italian style baked macaroni and cheese piping hot.
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Mac & Cheese Italian Style With Step-by-Step Pics

Begin by remove all the rind from the cheeses so you can slice and dice them all...

Italian Cheeses

Basic Bechamel

A basic bechamel sauce the base on which you''ll make this Italian style of macaroni and cheese...

Bechamel

Cheese Sauce

Simple add all the diced cheeses to the bechamel to make a thick and creamy cheese sauce...

Cream of Cheeses

Italian Style Macaroni & Cheese in 6 Easy Steps

These are the 6 easy steps to make an Italian version of macaroni and cheese.