Adult macaroni and cheese has bold flavor with a rich creamy sauce made with Gruyère, cheddar and blue cheeses, topped with breadcrumbs and fresh basil. |
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Adult Mac and Cheese

This creamy adult mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food for adults, with Gruyere, extra-sharp white cheddar and blue cheese. A surefire pleaser!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Adult, Ina Garten, Mac and Cheese, Macaroni
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 1074kcal
Author David & Debbie Spivey


  • 1 pound Penne Rigate
  • Kosher salt to salt pasta water
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces Gruyère cheese grated
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp white cheddar cheese grated
  • 6 ounces blue cheese crumbled
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs
  • fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Bring a large pot of water, as salty as the sea, to boil. Cook the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente.
  • Heat the milk in a small saucepan; do not boil. Melt butter in a large pot, then whisk in the flour. Cook the flour and butter over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk.
  • Whisk in the hot milk to form a thick and creamy white sauce and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes more.
  • Off the heat, add the Gruyère, cheddar, blue cheese, pepper, nutmeg.
  • Combine the sauce with the cooked pasta, and stir until thoroughly combined. Place the mixture into a 3-quart baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the pasta and bake until the sauce is bubbly and the breadcrumbs are golden; about 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Chop basil and sprinkle on top of the macaroni and cheese before serving.


Recipe adapted from Ina Garten's Mac and Cheese.


Calories: 1074kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 36g | Cholesterol: 179mg | Sodium: 963mg | Potassium: 567mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1865IU | Calcium: 1216mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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