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Baked Three-Chesee Macaroni

A lovely baked three-cheese macaroni, or what a plate of pure comfort food looks like. Creamy, rich, the best mac and cheese I have every tried.

Overhead shot of a plate with baked three cheese macaroni

Hands up those of you who like macaroni and cheese! I personally love anything that has cheese in it, and if it is Cheddar cheese, even better. You can never go wrong with such dishes, they are simple enough to be cooked by anyone, yet so tasty.

One would think a considerable amount of effort has gone into preparing them. Hardly any effort, I must assure you. When it comes to macaroni and cheese, simplicity is the word.

Fancy a night in, but feeling too guilty from your last take-away? Well, I admit, this may not be the healthiest dish I’ve ever cooked, but hey ho, one should be allowed to indulge from time to time.

I see no harm in it, and then, it is way better than what stores have to offer in terms of comfort food. At least you know what goes into your food. Loads of cheese, and that’s just heaven.

A fork with baked three cheese macaroni with a dish of baked mac and cheese in the background

There is this almost silly fright of carbs that I could never understand. No one says you should live exclusively on pasta, bread and rice, but they have been wrongly blamed for all the bad things that happen in the world.

The truth is that carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel, being used for energy. Deprive yourself of the good carbs, and you’ll find yourself binging on proper junk.

I have always preached that balance is the key to a happy life, and so it is. A bit of everything, and the body can only thrive. So, go on, enjoy your plate of macaroni and cheese!

Ok, maybe not every single day, but as long as you also eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, you will be nice and healthy, trust me. I can’t possibly say anything about exercising, I am not into it at all. Sadly.

Overhead shot of a white plate with baked three cheese macaroni and a dish with mac and cheese

If you want to make this dish ahead and serve it on a different day, I would suggest going through all the steps except the baking part. The cheesy macaroni can be stored into a freezer-friendly dish and baked from frozen whenever you need it.

Otherwise, bake it stright away. Different toppings can be used, from breadcrumbs, bacon, chicken, and so on. But, if you want to keep it simple as I did, you still get to enjoy the tastiest dish in the whole wide world. And quite possibly the cheesiest too.

If you want to make kids happy, give them a generous portion if this baked three-cheese macaroni. They will demolish it in seconds. I can’t think of any child that doesn’t like the good old mac and cheese. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of any adult to refuse it either. Maybe only my husband, who can be funny about it. Although not always.

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Good old baked macaroni and cheese

Good old baked macaroni and cheese

5 from 1 vote
Overhead shot of a white plate of baked three-cheese macaroni
Baked Three-Cheese Macaroni
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
A lovely baked three-cheese macaroni, or what a plate of pure comfort food looks like. Creamy, rich, the best mac and cheese I have every tried.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: International
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 1027 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 250 g macaroni
  • 250 ml full-fat milk
  • 50 g Cheddar Cheese grated
  • 25 g Red Leicester Cheese grated
  • 25 g Mozzarella Cheese grated
  • 100 g breadcrumbs
  • 25 g salted butter
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil.

  2. Add the macaroni and boil on a medium heat until cooked. Any kind of pasta should do, it does not necessarily have to be macaroni.
  3. Remove from the heat, drain the water and set aside.
  4. In a saucepan, melt the butter and add the flour, whisk for a few seconds until you get a smooth paste, then add the milk and continue to whisk until it thickens into a sauce.
  5. Add the Red Leicester Cheese together with half of the Cheddar cheese and mix well.
  6. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (390 degrees Faherenheit).

  7. Transfer the cooked macaroni to an oven-proof dish, then pour over the cheesy sauce.
  8. Season well with ground black pepper. No need for salt, since the cheese is salty anyway.
  9. Sprinkle over breadcrumbs, then scatter over the remaining Cheddar cheese together with the mozzarella cheese.
  10. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until golden.
  11. Serve hot!
Recipe Notes
  • Click on the US Customary link to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Three-Cheese Macaroni
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1027 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 812mg 34%
Potassium 566mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 138g 46%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 13g
Protein 39g 78%
Vitamin A 17.6%
Calcium 58.3%
Iron 24.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Millie Thom
    March 27, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    My vegetarian husband loves this meal, and your version looks lovely. We’ve never included breadcrumbs – which must add a nice crunchy texture.

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      March 27, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you, Millie! The breadcrumbs do give a lovely crunch to the dish.

  • Reply
    Traveling Rockhopper
    April 1, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Interesting, I’ve never tried this before!

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      April 1, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      It is really tasty, do give it a try! thank you for your comment! 🙂

  • Reply
    Diana
    June 10, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Such a wonderful classic, it’s difficult to resist a good macaroni and cheese dish, I’ll have to eat the whole thing!

  • Reply
    Jagruti
    June 10, 2016 at 8:26 am

    It’s our one of the favourite dish..comforting and delicious !

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    June 10, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Oh yes please! Proper comfort food, this! I’d serve mine with a generous portion of chunky oven chips too. Carb overload!

  • Reply
    Sandhya Hariharan
    June 10, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Who can ever say no to Mac & Cheese ? Your version looks quite similar to what I make too.. I do add my secret ingredient – dijon mustard!

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      June 10, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      The addition of dijon mustard sounds fantastic. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Isabella
    June 10, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I love macaroni cheese, yours looks delicious! Totally agree with you that carbs are not the enemy, and moderation is all that is needed in what you choose to eat.

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