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Smoked Gouda, Cheddar, and Parmesan Mac ’n’ Cheese

Smoked Gouda, Cheddar, and Parmesan Mac ‘n’ Cheese

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

This home-run dish will please the whole family—from little kids to kids at heart. Experiment with your favorite cheeses, but I recommend keeping the Gouda. It lends the crucial smoky flavor to the pasta that makes this mac and cheese special. Bake and serve in a 2-quart baking dish or in individual dishes.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (16-ounce) package corkscrew pasta
  • 1 (8-ounce) package smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1 (8-ounce) block extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups Duke’s Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions until al dente. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

2. Stir in the cheeses, mayonnaise, sour cream, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and salt. Spoon into 6 lightly greased

individual baking dishes or a 2-quart baking dish.

3. Stir together the breadcrumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle over the top. Bake the pasta at 325°F for 30 minutes, or until the topping is browned and the mixture is bubbly.

*Tasty Tip: To make fresh breadcrumbs, pulse a few pieces of (preferably stale) bread in a food processor until crumbly.