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Baked Pasta: Gourmet Cheese Macaroni Recipe

Baked Pasta: Gourmet Cheese Macaroni Recipe

Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Easy Recipes, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 727 kcal


  • 60 g fresh, chunky breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 500 ml milk
  • 125 ml mascarpone
  • 130 g grated mature Cheddar cheese
  • 60 g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 350 g rigatoni or macaroni
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A baking dish, 21 x 21 cm, or 4 ramekins


  • #Mac and cheese is a firm comfort food favourite. Here it is given a modern makeover with gourmet cheeses like mascarpone and Parmesan, and a touch of garlic. The crisp topping rounds out the texture, making it live up to its name.# Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) Gas 6.
  • Spread the breadcrumbs on a baking sheet, drizzle with the oil and season. Bake for 6 minutes, remove and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the garlic and mustard and fry for 1 minute before adding the flour. Whisk constantly over medium heat until it forms a paste. Gradually whisk in the milk and turn up the heat. Bring to the boil, whisking constantly.
  • Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the mascarpone, Cheddar and half of the Parmesan.
  • Boil the pasta in salted water until just al dente, drain and mix with the cheese sauce. Season and spoon the mixture into the baking dish or ramekins.
  • Top with the breadcrumbs and the remaining Parmesan. Bake for 20 minutes until golden. Leave to sit for 5 minutes before serving.
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