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A delicious recipe for Five Cheese Baked Mac and Cheese. A delicious recipe for Five Cheese Baked Mac and Cheese. Five Cheese Baked Mac and Cheese recipe. A recipe for Five Cheese Baked Mac and Cheese.

Hey Guys! Today we have a Five Cheese Baked Mac & Cheese for you. What a great comfort dish, right? Who doesn’t love a great mac and cheese and who can’t eat this year round? After yesterday’s food/booze fest (some call the Super Bowl) my liver’s a little mad at me and that’s okay, because I kind of feel like this mac and cheese can fix anything…you know, food that can just do that? Bombed a huge meeting? Go eat some mac and cheese…..Failed a test or final?…..go make and eat this dish…….car problems?….mac and cheese will make it go away. Okay fine, so maybe mac and cheese won’t create world peace and solve all the problems in the world, but man a big bowl of this stuff will make you very happy…for a short period at least. :)

Just a couple things about this big guy, tossing the lemon juice with the cheese isn’t totally necessary, but it’s something I like to do anytime I’m making a cheese sauce. The lemon juice will help eliminate any major stringiness in the overall sauce, and I do hate me a stringy cheese sauce. Also, it’s really important not to let this cheese sauce simmer for to long and thicken. Seriously, once your cheese has melted and your sauce is smooth, take it off the heat and pour it over your pasta. Since it’s going into the oven, your sauce will continue to thicken and you still want the cheese slightly gooey when you dig in….no one likes a tough block of mac and cheese, especially me. Finally, I wish I could say you can sub out the homemade crouton topping for breadcrumbs (and technically you can), but I won’t. This topping seriously makes this dish! The small pockets of crispy, buttery sourdough mixed with the soft, cheesy, “bacony” mac and cheese creates this lovely combination of balance and perfection!

Everyone should go home, make a big batch of this and share it with loved ones….really, it’s delicious, easy and everyone will love you for it! Enjoy! xx, Jenny

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Five Cheese Mac & Cheese

1 lb dry gemelli pasta (can substitute elbow macaroni)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon, minced garlic
3 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 ounces white extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 ounces Gruyere, shredded
3 ounces Havarti, shredded
3 ounces Manchego, shredded
1.5 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated
12 ounces cooked bacon, crumbled
2 tablespoons chives, thinly sliced
3 slices sourdough bread, crusts removed and cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1/4 cup (1/2stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons chives, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
salt and pepper to taste

1. For topping: Toss all ingredients together in a mixing bowl until all cubes are coated in butter. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to use.
2. Preheat oven to 375°F.
3. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Once the water comes to a boil add a generous amount of salt (2½ – 3 tablespoons) and then the pasta.
4. Boil pasta for 10 to 12 minutes or until al dente, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta and set aside in a large mixing bowl.
5. Melt butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Sprinkle flour over butter mixture and whisk together. Allow mixture to cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
6. Whisk milk into flour mixture and continue to whisk until fully incorporated and no lumps remain. Allow mixture to simmer until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, 3 to 4 minutes.
7. Place all shredded and grated cheeses into a mixing bowl and toss together with lemon juice.
8. Stir cheese into the béchamel sauce and stir until cheese just melts and creates a smooth sauce.. Season with salt and pepper.
9. Fold cheese sauce into pasta until just combined. Fold in bacon and chives until completely mixed.
10. Pour macaroni into a buttered 8”x8” baking dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle the top with the buttered cubes of sourdough and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
11. Remove from oven and allow macaroni and cheese to cool for about 7 minutes before serving.


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  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    5 cheeses?! I’m in!

  2. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie Not Specified Not Specified

    Ha, I love how that picture shows it disappearing, because that’s exactly what would happen

  3. Erica Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks really good :) You might have missed milk in the ingredients list.

  4. Lindsey Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh. My. Gosh. This looks incredible. The homemade topping seems so worth it. I’ve made macaroni topping with stale whole wheat bread and it was far and above store bought breadcrumbs. I can’t imagine how delicious this topping must be. Yes, macaroni and cheese cures a variety of ills :)

  5. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    The sour dough bread cubes are just so PERFECT looking. And love the ‘disappearing’ recipe and GIF you made!

  6. natalie @ wee eats Not Specified Not Specified

    oh… my … god…

    and the animation!? i love it!!

  7. Michelle Not Specified Not Specified

    It looks amazing! I love the little bread cubes!

  8. Lucy Not Specified Not Specified


    Major food envy, I’m making that for tomorrow! x

  9. Bev @ Bev Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    Hurts. SO. good.

  10. Angela @ the fairy bread chronicles Not Specified Not Specified

    5. cheeses.

    oh my goodness. this is happening for me tonight i guarantee!

  11. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Not Specified Not Specified

    I MADE THIS LAST NIGHT!!! It is like you read my mind. It was such a great Monday food! Thinking back on it, I find it odd that I have this many cheeses in my fridge at all times. I didn’t have havarti so I used plain old mozzarella, still sooooo good!

  12. emily@totesdelishy Not Specified Not Specified

    5 stars
    Those little baby bread cubes may be the most adorable topping to mac and cheese in the history of the world!

  13. Katie @ Blonde Ambition Not Specified Not Specified

    The more cheese, the better, I say! Love the crunchy topping – that’s my second favorite part of mac & cheese (besides, as previously mentioned, the cheese.. haha).

  14. Sarah Not Specified Not Specified

    For all those times when four cheese is not enough….and yet six would seem like too many. You ladies really do have a recipe for every occasion!

  15. Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up Not Specified Not Specified

    5 stars
    The mac and cheese that can fix anything… I have the perfect person to make this for. I am POSTIVIE this can cheer them up. Pinning, thanks!!

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  17. Ashley Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks AMAZING but I admit I am even more in love with your utensils. May I ask where you got them? I’ve been looking for gold silverware forever and these are gorgeous. :)

  18. Carlin Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks delicious and delighted to see our beautiful Mud baker being used for it! Love from The Mud Australia team

  19. Kellan Not Specified Not Specified

    Is it possible to make this the night before and then pop in the oven with the topping right before serving?

    I can’t wait to make it!

  20. Ottawa Food Photographer Not Specified Not Specified

    Awesome GIF!

  21. Valeria Not Specified Not Specified

    Thank you so much!! I made it and it was… amazing!

  22. Anastasia of Passion & Obsession Not Specified Not Specified

    I LOVE your design and the moving images!

  23. freshair boutique Not Specified Not Specified

    i cannot WAIT to try this!


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  25. Amity Not Specified Not Specified

    I made this last night for a dinner party and replaced the Manchego with Gouda. It was INCREDIBLE, and my guests left happy and full.

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  28. Sam Not Specified Not Specified

    5 stars
    Made it tonight and it’s amazing!! Best Mac and Cheese recipe I’ve tried. Thanks!

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  30. Meredith Not Specified Not Specified

    Sorry – I’m a bit lost on how to measure the cheeses without a scale. Any suggestions on volume measurements? Thanks!

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  32. Kim Not Specified Not Specified

    I have been looking for a cheesy recipe like this to incorporate lobster. How much would you suggest? My family are mac and lobster lovers!


  33. Erin Not Specified Not Specified

    Am planning on making this soon but am a little confused by the butter for the topping. It lists 1/4 cup butter and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Is the 1/4 cup not melted? Do you use 1/4 c. plus 1 tablespoon? Help!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Whoa, you’re right! That’s totally weird and a typo! It’s just 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted…will update the recipe shortly! Thanks!