ULTIMATE MAC AND CHEESE

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25 min Prep
50 min Total
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6 Servings

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Ingredient List
  • Small check mark in a circle icon5 cups uncooked penne pasta (16 oz)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon salt
  • Small check mark in a circle icon4 1/2 cups milk
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 cup shredded provolone cheese (4 oz)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese (2 oz)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 cup Progresso™ panko bread crumbs
Preparation
  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.
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.