Involve your kids in holiday cooking by using fancy pasta shapes for this delectable mac and cheese with gouda, provolone and mozzarella. It's fun!
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Sam’s Mac and Cheese With Gouda, Provolone and Mozzarella

This recipe serves 4 if served as a side dish. If you intend to serve it as a main dish, double the amount of ingredients.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Connie Veneracion

Ingredients

  • 100 grams pasta
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk (you may need more)
  • 1/4 cup shredded provolone
  • 1/4 cup shredded gouda (our gouda had tomato and olives)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • chopped parsley to garnish

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta in boiling water with a tablespoon of salt until just done (see how to cook al dente pasta like a pro). 
  • While the pasta cooks, make the cheese sauce. Melt the butter in a pan. Add the flour all at once, stirring briskly to remove lumps. Cook to make a blonde roux (see how to make a roux and how to use it).
  • With one hand stirring the roux, pour in the milk in a thin stream. Cook until thickened.
  • Stir the provolone, gouda and mozzarella into the white sauce. Cook, stirring, until melted. If the sauce appears to be too thick, pour in more milk, a quarter cup at a time. The sauce should be thick but still pourable.
  • Sprinkle the pepper into the sauce. Taste. Add salt, if needed.
  • Drain the pasta and dump into the sauce. Stir to coat each piece of pasta with sauce.
  • Ladle the mac and cheese into bowls. Sprinkle with parsley and, optionally, more shredded cheese.