Sunset Magazine Ultimate Mac n’ Cheese

I did post this to my Facebook page but for those of you who haven’t “liked” me on Facebook {please do :)}, here you go. I found this recipe in Sunset Magazine and in the past few months, I have made and shared it twice. I see it becoming a staple in our house during the winter. It is rich and the wine gives it a tasty zing. I actually served it a couple of night ago with just a big green salad and it was substantial enough to be a whole meal. It also reheats well. Let me tell you, I LOVE the leftovers! Enjoy ūüôā

Ultimate Mac ‘n’ Cheese

recipe courtesy of Sunset Magazine


  • 8¬† ounces¬† cavatappi, macaroni, or other tube-shaped pasta
  • 1/2¬† teaspoon¬† coarse salt, plus more for cooking pasta
  • 3 1/2¬† tablespoons¬† butter
  • 1/2¬† cup¬† finely chopped shallots
  • 2¬† tablespoons¬† all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4¬† cups¬† dry white wine
  • 2/3¬† cup¬† heavy whipping cream
  • 7¬† ounces¬† gruy√®re, grated
  • 3¬† ounces¬† aged gouda, grated (see Notes)
  • 2¬† tablespoons¬† plus 1 tsp. minced fresh chives
  • 1¬† tablespoon¬† Dijon mustard
  • 1/8¬† teaspoon¬† cayenne
  • 1/8¬† teaspoon¬† freshly ground nutmeg
  • 4¬† ounces¬† crusty sourdough bread (about 1/4 loaf), torn into large pieces


1. Preheat oven to 400¬į. Cook pasta according to package directions in a large pot of boiling, well-salted water until tender to the bite, 7 to 12 minutes. Drain, but do not rinse.

2. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, melt 2 tbsp. butter. Add shallots and cook until light golden, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle shallot-butter mixture with flour; cook, stirring often, 1 minute. Add wine and stir, picking up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add cream and stir well. Sprinkle in cheeses, one large handful at a time, stirring until each handful is mostly melted before adding the next. Stir in 2 tbsp. chives, mustard, 1/4 tsp. salt, cayenne, and nutmeg. Stir cooked pasta into cheese mixture, then pour all into a 2-qt. baking dish.

3. In a food processor, pulse bread with remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. butter, 1 tsp. chives, and 1/4 tsp. salt until coarse bread crumbs form. Sprinkle bread crumbs over pasta and cheese and bake until top is browned and cheese is bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes.


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