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Four-Cheese Pasta

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  12 reviews
  • 25 min prep time
  • 50 min total time
  • 13 ingredients
  • 6 servings
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Searching for the perfect mac-'n'-cheese? This rich and creamy recipe gives an international flair to the ultimate comfort food--without added fuss.

Ingredients

5
cups uncooked penne pasta (16 oz)
1/2
cup butter or margarine
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2
cup all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon salt
4 1/2
cups milk
1
cup shredded provolone cheese (4 oz)
1
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
1/2
cup shredded fontina cheese (2 oz)
1/3
cup chopped fresh parsley
1
tablespoon butter or margarine
1
cup panko bread crumbs

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, melt 1/2 cup butter over low heat. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring frequently. With wire whisk, stir in flour and salt until smooth. Increase heat to medium; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Gradually stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in cheeses. Cook until melted, stirring occasionally. Stir pasta and parsley into cheese sauce. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  • 3 In 6-inch skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat; stir in bread crumbs. Cook and stir until crumbs are golden brown. Sprinkle over pasta mixture.
  • 4 Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, melt 1/2 cup butter over low heat. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring frequently. With wire whisk, stir in flour and salt until smooth. Increase heat to medium; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Gradually stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in cheeses. Cook until melted, stirring occasionally. Stir pasta and parsley into cheese sauce. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  • 3 In 6-inch skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat; stir in bread crumbs. Cook and stir until crumbs are golden brown. Sprinkle over pasta mixture.
  • 4 Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Expert Tips

Panko bread crumbs are Japanese-style bread crumbs. They have a coarser texture and make for a much lighter and crunchier casserole. In a pinch, regular bread crumbs will also work.

Slightly undercook the penne for a perfect al dente pasta in the casserole.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
850
Calories from Fat
350
% Daily Value
Total Fat
39g
59%
Saturated Fat
23g
113%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
Cholesterol
100mg
34%
Sodium
1390mg
58%
Total Carbohydrate
91g
30%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Sugars
12g
12%
Protein
35g
35%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
70%
70%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
5 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 3 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
6
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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