Monday, April 4, 2011

Bistro Mac & Cheese

I love a good macaroni and cheese. But I've never made one, unless you count velveeta shells and cheese. (gasp!) That is, until now. When I found this recipe, I knew I had to try it. This ia a grown up version of mac and cheese with FOUR different cheeses, including a spunky gorgonzola. I took it to a friend's, and also shared with some colleagues, and it won rave reviews all around.

Start by cooking the macaroni in a large pot of boiling water til al dente, then drain. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a medium saucepan, then stir in the flour.

Whisk the flour and butter until smooth,

then add the salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.

Gradually add the milk,

whisking constantly. Bring this mixture to a boil, then cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Combine the mozzarella, cheddar,

and gorgonzola.

Add the cream cheese to the sauce,

(I like to cut it into chunks first.) Stir until it's melted, then add the other cheeses.

Finally, add the sour cream, and stir until well combined. Pour the sauce over the drained macaroni.

Serve immediately!

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Bistro Mac & Cheese

1 16 oz. pkg. uncooked elbow macaroni
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
2 1/2 cups 2% milk
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
1/2 cup sour cream

Cook macaroni in a large pot of boiling water til al dente; drain. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in milk and then salt, pepper and garlic and onion powders. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Reduce heat; add cheeses and stir until melted. Stir in sour cream and drained macaroni. Serves 8.


  1. you had me at gorgonzola! yummmmmmy. Thanks for sharing!

  2. oh, mac & cheese, how i love thee! this looks so yummy, i'm drooling! :D

    thanks so much for linking up to mangia mondays!


  3. Hi there, hopping over from mangia mondays! Looks like a great take on traditional mac and cheese!
    If you have a chance feel free to stop by my site and check out my recipe. I added a little late this week! Next week hope to be sooner!

  4. I love the addition of cream cheese! This looks so easy and delicious!

  5. YUM! Cheeses plus cream cheese plus sour cream?! I WILL be making this!!!

  6. this looks so yummy!! i love love mac and cheese!

  7. I love cheese!

    I want to invite you to come join in on a WEEKLY RECIPE LINK on my blog:

    "Made it on Monday"
    You can link up every WED.-SAT.
    I hope to see some of your recipes soon.

  8. Hi Sara - I have to say, your version looks much more flavorful than that one I posted! I LOVE that yours has Gorgonzola. It must add so much flavor. I definitely would love to try this.

    Thanks for linking up.

  9. Yum! This looks delish!! Thanks for linking up to Recipe of the Week!!

  10. Mental note: I must remember to add cream cheese to my next pot of mac and cheese.

  11. I have never made mac n'cheese from scratch. Can't wait to try this recipe.


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