Macaroni and Cheese from Beecher’s Cheese

  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins

If you can't find Beecher's cheese locally, use an aged sharp Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese. This recipe can be made ahead and frozen -- use a freezer-to-oven-safe pan and increase the baking time to 50 minutes.

Ingredients

Sauce
2tablespoons unsalted butter
3 1/2tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2cups whole milk
7ounces Beecher's Flagship cheese, grated (about 1 3/4 cup)
1ounce Beecher's Just Jack cheese, grated (1/4 cup)
1/2teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 to 1/2teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/8teaspoon garlic powder
Pasta
6ounces penne pasta (about 3 ¼ cups)
1ounce (1/4 cup) Beecher's Flagship cheese, grated
1ounce (1/4 cup) Beecher's Just Jack cheese, grated
1/4 to 1/2teaspoon chipotle chili powder

Instructions

  1. To prepare sauce, melt butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add flour. Cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes.
  2. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Cook until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  3. Add cheese, salt, chili powder and garlic powder. Stir until cheese melts, about 3 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F.
  5. To prepare pasta, cook pasta 2 minutes less than package directions. (It will finish cooking in the oven.) Rinse pasta in cold water and drain well.
  6. Combine pasta and sauce in a medium bowl; mix thoroughly. (The mixture will seem soupy, but some of the liquid will be absorbed during baking.) Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish. Sprinkle top with cheese and chili powder.
  7. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe adapted with permission from Pure Flavors: 125 Fresh All-American Recipes from the Pacific Northwest by Kurt Beecher Dammeier and Laura Holmes Haddad (Clarkson Potter, 2007).

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 570
  • Fat 33g
  • Saturated Fat 20g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 8g
  • Cholesterol 100mg
  • Sodium 720mg
  • Potassium 190mg
  • Carbohydrate 42g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 27g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 25%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 60%
  • Iron 8%
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