Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese & 25 Mac n Cheese Recipes

This three cheese macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite Easter side dishes. One of the first recipes I learned to cook as a child was homemade macaroni and cheese. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods today although I don’t eat it as often.

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Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese & 25 Mac n Cheese Recipes

Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Three cheese macaroni and cheese was originally made with Gruyere, cheddar, and Parmesan cheeses. These are the three that I typically use. Although, when I’ve run out, I have been known to substitute another type of cheese instead. You could try Colby, Monterey Jack, or Swiss if that’s what you have on hand. This leftover mac and cheese recipe from Hearth & Vine uses up a variety of leftover cheese.

Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese & 25 Mac n Cheese Recipes

I typically use elbow macaroni when I make my three cheese macaroni and cheese. But, you can use any type of small shaped pasta including conchiglie (shells), rotini, or fusilli. My husband loves the conchiglie because it holds extra sauce which makes it creamier. This Instant Pot mac and cheese recipe by Kimspired DIY uses cavatappi noodles.

Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese & 25 Mac n Cheese Recipes

Southern three cheese macaroni and cheese recipe

If you’re looking for a southern three cheese macaroni and cheese recipe, you’ll want to choose one that uses a smoked cheddar cheese. It adds a whole different flavor to three cheese macaroni and cheese. Try this smoked macaroni and cheese from 4 Sons R Us.

Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese Recipe with Buttered Breadcrumbs

Rachel Ray 3 cheese mac and cheese

If you’re a fan of Rachel Ray 3 cheese mac and cheese, she uses only cheddar in her recipes like this baked macaroni and cheese recipe from Feast and Farm. After making it, she bakes it in the oven with buttered breadcrumbs. It’s very similar to my three cheese macaroni and cheese recipe with buttered breadcrumbs. Or, try this easy baked lobster mac and cheese from The Suburban Soapbox.

Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese & 25 Mac n Cheese Recipes

Creamy three cheese mac and cheese recipe

If you prefer a creamy three cheese mac and cheese recipe over a baked recipe, you’ll want to simply make it on the stove top and skip the baking portion. No need to add breadcrumbs to the top.

You can add in extras if you like. Try the creamy stovetop macaroni and cheese from Pumpkin n Spice. I often add mushrooms or crumbled bacon to my recipe. Or, try this Instant Pot mac and cheese from Build Your Bite. This pumpkin pepper jack mac and cheese by Cooking with Carlee sounds amazing.

Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Here are a few other macaroni and cheese recipes you may want to try.

Yields 1 pan

Serves 8

Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Check out my three cheese macaroni and cheese recipe. It makes the perfect side dish for Easter.

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried macaroni or other short pasta
  • Cheese sauce:
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 6 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of dried mustard powder
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 3 cups grated Gruyere or other Swiss cheese
  • 2 cups grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the macaroni & cook to the package directions. Drain macaroni & set aside.
  3. While the macaroni is cooking, melt butter in a 2 to 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion until translucent and very tender, but not brown. Add the flour and mustard powder and stir, cooking for two minutes. Whisk in the milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Bring sauce to boil. Once it has boiled and thickened, remove from heat & stir in cheeses, salt and pepper.
  4. In a large casserole dish, combine macaroni and cheese sauce. Combine topping ingredients and spread mixture on top of the macaroni. Cook at 350F for 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories

482 cal

Fat

35 g

Carbs

15 g

Protein

26 g
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