Linda’s Macaroni and Cheese is my own personal recipe that I created that is a wonderful creamy macaroni dish with just a slight kick. I know you will love the combination of different cheeses used in this dish.
I served my Linda’s Macaroni and Cheese during a wine bottling at our vineyard. It was a definite crowd pleaser! A wine bottling is when you remove your wine, after a year of fermentation, from the barrels and place it in bottles. You get to put the wine into bottles, cork it up, and then place a label on the bottles. We usually invite our friends to help us do the bottling and then make a party of it. Of course, we also drink wine!
- 16 ounces macaroni pasta
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
- 1 cup Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano), freshly grated
- 1/2 cup Gouda cheese, grated (optional)
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt or sea salt
- Black pepper, freshly grated
- Tabasco Sauce or hot pepper sauce to taste
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs, for topping
- 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano) for topping
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pan to keep warm. Learn How To Cook Pasta Properly.
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter; remove from heat and set aside. When pasta is done cooking and is drained, stir butter into the pasta; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine grated cheddar cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and gouda cheese; set aside.
In a medium-size sauce pan over low heat, heat milk and sour cream. Add all the combined grated cheeses; stir and let the cheeses melt. After cheese has melted, add Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and Tabasco sauce; stir to combine. Remove from heat. With a whisk, stir in the beaten eggs.
In a large casserole dish or cast-iron Dutch oven, combine cheese sauce with the cooked pasta. The macaroni should be soupy at this point, as it will absorb a large amount of sauce as it bakes. The dish can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days at this point.
In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and the 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
To cook, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Top the dish with bread crumbs/cheese combination. Place on a baking sheet and bake approximately 25 minutes (longer if refrigerated) until hot. To give a browned and bubbly finish, place the dish under the broiler approximately 3 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.
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