Food

Three Cheese Macaroni With Sage Butter Breadcrumbs

June 10, 2016

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Pasta:

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 pound macaroni

Instructions

  1. Bring a small pot of water to a rolling boil. Add 2 tablespoons of salt.
  2. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente (which means “to the tooth,” cooked through but still firm).
  3. Drain the pasta without rinsing, then immediately return it to the pot.

Sage Butter Breadcrumbs:

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Homemade breadcrumbs (*see recipe below)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauté pan, over medium-low heat, melt the better.
  2. Add 1 cup of the homemade breadcrumbs, and remove from the heat. Sprinkle over the sage, and stir to combine.

Three Cheese Macaroni:

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for preparing the casserole dish
  • 6 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1½ cups freshly grated aged sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1½ cups freshly grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1½ cups freshly grated Parmigianno-Reggiano
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, then preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Coat the inside (bottom and sides) of 13x9x2 casserole dish with butter.
  3. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter.
  4. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring occasionally, until light brown in color, approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Using a whisk, stirring continuously, stream in the milk until fully combined.
  6. Bring the milk mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and cook, until it thickens. It will have the consistency of gravy.
  7. Add the nutmeg and stir to combine.
  8. Add the three cheeses and stir until melted.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. Remove from the heat.
  11. Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir to combine.
  12. Spread the three cheese macaroni evenly in the prepared casserole dish.
  13. Top the macaroni evenly with the brown sage butter breadcrumbs.
  14. Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes, until bubbly and delicious looking. Yum!
  15. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes prior to serving.

Homemade Breadcrumbs:

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bread
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Dried Italian parsley, to taste
  • Dried thyme, to taste

Instructions

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, then preheat the oven to 300ºF.
  2. Lay each slice of bread side by side on the sheet pan in one layer. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, until dry and light golden brown in color, flipping after 15 minutes. Remove the sheet pan from the oven and let the bread cool completely.
  3. Place the bread in a 1-gallon zip-top bag, seal, and, using a rolling pin, pound the bread until desired texture is achieved.
  4. Add the salt, pepper, and herbs and shake to combine

Note: Drizzle some white truffle over the finished casserole. It will change your life!

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67 Comments

  • Reply Aria on June 10, 2016 says;

    Am making it for dinner tonight. 😀

  • Reply Onyz on June 10, 2016 says;

    Thank you!

  • Reply Rachel Cotterill on June 10, 2016 says;

    absolutely delicious.

  • Reply Tamika on June 10, 2016 says;

    This recipe is down right delicious

  • Reply Puja Santosh on June 10, 2016 says;

    This is awesome. Thanks

  • Reply Penelope on June 10, 2016 says;

    Its just an awesome post. Love the way its documented! Thank you so much

  • Reply Agnus D on June 10, 2016 says;

    Influential recipe! Thanks

  • Reply Wendy R. on June 10, 2016 says;

    Looks good

  • Reply Yamani K on June 10, 2016 says;

    Cool, thanks. This is really great!

  • Reply Imogen Bermingham on June 11, 2016 says;

    superb

  • Reply Jammie de la Cuesta on June 12, 2016 says;

    I better make it worth it! Love this

  • Reply Peldyn on June 12, 2016 says;

    So comforting!

  • Reply Ambrosini Ami on June 12, 2016 says;

    It is just too good to eat this all the time! 😀

  • Reply Lisbon on June 12, 2016 says;

    This looks incredible!

  • Reply Valentina Rockwell on June 12, 2016 says;

    Those breadcrumbs on top, <3 it 🙂

  • Reply Kanimozhi Senthil on June 12, 2016 says;

    I love making “cheesy” recipes 😀

  • Reply EcoNugenics on June 12, 2016 says;

    So this needs to happen today.

  • Reply Eliska on June 12, 2016 says;

    Thank you! Its so delicious!

  • Reply Anetta on June 12, 2016 says;

    Its just too good. Love your recipes. Awesome….

  • Reply Biyu Bo Changchang on June 12, 2016 says;

    It is just so good! Excellent and very tasty.

  • Reply Leah Lothe on June 12, 2016 says;

    This is my WEAKNESS! Love it!

  • Reply Alexandra on June 12, 2016 says;

    Love those breadcrumbs! xoxoxo

  • Reply Orlene on June 12, 2016 says;

    Your version is so perfect!

  • Reply Peyton Annabelle on June 12, 2016 says;

    You gotta make it immediately! Thank you!

  • Reply Serina on June 12, 2016 says;

    Cannot thank you enough! Its was awesome this morning 🙂

  • Reply Ursula on June 12, 2016 says;

    Oh I loved preparing this! It is amazing!

  • Reply Holly on June 12, 2016 says;

    I just can’t stay away from this!

  • Reply Quintana on June 12, 2016 says;

    Macaroni is so awesome 😀

  • Reply Eloise Goodwin on June 12, 2016 says;

    So excited I can make it at home now!

  • Reply Darcy McIntyre on June 12, 2016 says;

    I would definitely have to do this now! Awesome! Thanks

  • Reply Sarah on June 12, 2016 says;

    It sounds so hearty and filling.

  • Reply Thalia on June 12, 2016 says;

    Sage breadcrumbs sounds like the perfect touch

  • Reply Veronica on June 12, 2016 says;

    Sage is one of my favorite spices to cook with! Love this!

  • Reply Gabriella on June 12, 2016 says;

    The breadcrumbs were such a great addition! Thank you

  • Reply Zoe on June 12, 2016 says;

    I’m in cloud 9! Prepared this and my family just loves it! 🙂

  • Reply Malvika Jaswal on June 12, 2016 says;

    Love that crispy sage breadcrumbs on this comforting recipe! So delicious!

  • Reply Fe van dam on June 12, 2016 says;

    fabulous recipe, thank you

  • Reply Gwen on June 12, 2016 says;

    I might just have to make it again 🙂

  • Reply Kasey on June 12, 2016 says;

    This sounds amazing – especially with the sage! Happy weekend!

  • Reply Nicole P on June 12, 2016 says;

    It just goes so well in so many recipes!

  • Reply Lorie on June 12, 2016 says;

    Its so comforting and I love how simple, yet fancy the sage breadcrumb sounds.

  • Reply fs on June 12, 2016 says;

    I’ll take a big bowl for dinner! 😀

  • Reply Dora J. Vong on June 12, 2016 says;

    I wish I could bring you some of what I prepared 🙂
    Its such a amazing dish! Thank you so much!

  • Reply Lynne Kim on June 12, 2016 says;

    So this recipe is perfect timing. love this!

  • Reply Inga on June 12, 2016 says;

    I just made this and it is to die for! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe.

  • Reply farnoosh on June 12, 2016 says;

    I can’t wait try more of yours. This was truly delicious.

  • Reply Sheela Patrick on June 12, 2016 says;

    It is one of my favourite recipes!

  • Reply Prudy on June 12, 2016 says;

    SO GOOD! Another fun use for this awesome SAGE 😀

  • Reply Febinna on June 12, 2016 says;

    It was fabulous and it satisfied my inner desire to eat 😀

  • Reply Jasmine on June 12, 2016 says;

    Oh yum! That sounds so good! I’m obsessed with this now!

  • Reply Wang on June 12, 2016 says;

    Three cheeses!! Yum!

  • Reply Oksana Gorovaya on June 12, 2016 says;

    This looks really delicious! And sage….

  • Reply Teresa on June 12, 2016 says;

    I like your dish! Yummy cheese!

  • Reply Kim on June 12, 2016 says;

    Oh my! This was a wonderful and decadent choice for sure.

  • Reply Marine Gougeon on June 12, 2016 says;

    This looks so comforting!

  • Reply Zosia on June 12, 2016 says;

    I’d definitely love to try this.

  • Reply Isabella on June 12, 2016 says;

    I can’t wait to try this dish…looks fabulous!

  • Reply Rita on June 12, 2016 says;

    God it tastes divine.

  • Reply Sadie on June 12, 2016 says;

    The only thing that’s going to keep me awake here is wondering how it is that I hadn’t already noticed and bookmarked this recipe in my book.

  • Reply Kasia on June 12, 2016 says;

    This looks fantastic, love all the ingredients, and am debating whether I make this or try to forget I ever saw it as it looks like something I could eat way too much of in a flash..

  • Reply Carolyn Cochrun on June 12, 2016 says;

    What a fantastic post!

  • Reply Brigitte on June 12, 2016 says;

    I wasn’t sure about this at first, once I tried it! And now, I will keep doing this, till I see your next recipe 😀

  • Reply Vani Arun on June 12, 2016 says;

    This looks lovely and sounds delicious!

  • Reply Jamie Schneider on June 12, 2016 says;

    Stop it! You’re making me hungry.

  • Reply Felicia on June 12, 2016 says;

    This looks just amazing. You have a great blog, very detailed. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply Anjalee on June 12, 2016 says;

    Very tasty! You are simply awesome.

  • Reply Vicki from Kentucky on June 12, 2016 says;

    Made this today. It was a hit! The sage buttered bread crumbs really made the dish.

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