Three Cheese Pasta Bake

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Cooking Time40 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy
450g macaroni pasta, or other small pasta
½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup plain flour
1L 2% milk
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
240g cream cheese
1 ½ cups grated mature cheddar cheese
1 cup grated Swiss Gruyere
½ cup dry breadcrumbs

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and boil, uncovered, until just tender to taste. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.

Preheat oven to 180°C.

In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat and add four. Stir with a wooden or non-reactive spoon until mixture has a lightly nutty aroma but no colour, about 5 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk, then bring entire mixture up to a simmer, whisking constantly. If lumps do occur, strain and return to heat. Add nutmeg and whisk in cream cheese until smooth. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in cheddar and Gruyere until melted. Stir in cooked macaroni and spoon into an 8-cup (2 L) baking dish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until bubbling around the edges.

Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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