Zesty Mac and Cheese

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1 pound macaroni

1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter 

2 cups whole milk 

1/2 cup half-and-half 

4 cups grated white Cheddar, plus extra for the top if baking

1 cup grated Parmesan, plus extra for the top if baking

1 cup grated Romano cheese, plus extra for the top if baking

One 8-ounce block cream cheese

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Pinch freshly ground black pepper 

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the macaroni to al dente according to the package instructions.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and add the milk and half-and-half. Add the Cheddar, Parmesan, Romano, cream cheese, Dijon, Worcestershire and a pinch of black pepper, mixing well until combined. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Combine the macaroni with the cheese sauce. You can serve it as is, or bake it for a more crispy finish. If baking, scatter extra grated cheese across the top and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.

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