The Cheesiest! Homemade Mac & Cheese Recipe!

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In my opinion, Trottole is the BEST pasta for making homemade mac & cheese. Of course, you can use any pasta you like, but the unique design in this pasta holds the cheese sauce really well. The pasta is included in the Smith's Buy 5, Save $5 Mega Sale for 69¢ through 1/9, and that is a stock-up price for sure! A few of the items you'll need to make this recipe are on sale at Smith's right now, and I have added them to a shopping list at the bottom of this post. Put this on your menu for this week. Your family won't be disappointed!

I LOVE the Private Selection Italian Trottole Pasta Noodles. The designer spirals, imported from Italy, are so shapely they don't need a lot of extra ingredients to shine through in a dish. The curls help them hold melted cheese and other sauces very well.

This recipe is simple, and first you will need to make a rue. Rue is melted butter, with flour and salt & pepper whisked into it. Then, you will whisk the milk into the rue. You will continue to cook and whisk the mixture on medium-high heat until the white sauce thickens. Then, melt your cheeses into the white sauce. That's it! Recipe below:

**Since, I personally am a no-grains, I have a killer Cauliflower Mac & Cheese recipe I make for me. Recipe HERE >>

The Cheesiest! Homemade Mac & Cheese
Serves 6
The cheesiest, creamiest homemade Mac & Cheese with curly Italian Trottole pasta noodles that hold cheese sauce very well.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package Private Selection Italian Trottole Pasta, 16 oz
  2. 4 TBS butter
  3. 3 TBS flour
  4. 1/8 tsp pepper
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 3 cup milk
  7. 2 1/2 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  8. 1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese, shredded
  9. 1/2 cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, shredded
  10. Extra Shredded Cheddar Cheese for topping
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, then set aside. **Toss pasta with olive oil to keep it from sticking together!
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Over medium-high heat melt butter in a large sauce pan. Add flour, pepper and salt. Whisk together. Then add milk and whisk well. Continue to cook over medium-high heat, whisking frequently until the white sauce starts to thicken. Add all cheeses and whisk until melted and creamy. Take off heat.
  4. Mix pasta into cheese sauce. Top with the extra shredded cheddar cheese, and put the pan in the oven. Bake until bubbly. let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Top with bacon, parsley or any other toppings you'd like. Serve and enjoy!
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