Extra-Creamy Five-Cheese Mac and Cheese


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Extra-Creamy Five-Cheese Mac and Cheese

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If you like your mac and cheese extra creamy and cheesy (and who doesn't?!), this recipe is for you! It takes a little time but that's because of shredding the five different kinds of cheeses that make up this recipe. We promise you won't regret it.

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Servings and Ingredients

Serves 12
1 (16-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee rigatoni pasta
2 c. Hy-Vee whole milk
5 tbsp. Hy-Vee unsalted butter, divided
3 tbsp. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
4 oz. Fontina cheese, shredded, about 1 c.
3 ½ oz. Gruyere cheese, shredded, about 1 c.
3 ½ oz. Hy-Vee yellow Cheddar cheese, shredded, about 1 c.
¾ oz. Pecornio Romano cheese, finely shredded, about 1/4 c.
½ tbsp. hot Hungarian paprika, or Hy-Vee paprika, plus additional for garnish
¼ tsp. kosher salt
1 dash(es) Hy-Vee ground nutmeg
½ c. Hy-Vee plain panko bread crumbs
2 oz. Soiree shredded Parmesan cheese, about 1/2 c.
Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Things To Grab

  • Hy-Vee nonstick cooking spray
  • 3-quart baking dish
  • Large pot
  • Colander
  • Small saucepan
  • Heavy medium saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Small bowl


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 3-quart baking dish with nonstick spray; set aside. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pot. 

  2. For sauce, heat milk in a small saucepan just until boiling. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat; whisk in flour. Cook and stir 1 minute or until fragrant. Slowly whisk in hot milk. Cook and stir for 5 minutes or until sauce coats the back of a spoon. Stir in Fontina, Gruyere, Cheddar, and Pecorino Romano cheeses until melted. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon paprika, salt, and nutmeg. Add cheese sauce to cooked pasta; stir gently to coat.

  3. Transfer pasta mixture to prepared dish. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in panko and Parmesan; sprinkle on pasta. Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle additional paprika on top and, if desired, garnish with basil.

Nutrition facts


350 Calories per serving

Amounts Per Serving

  • Total Fat: 17g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg
  • Sodium: 370mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Protein: 16g

Daily Values

Iron 6%
Calcium 25%
Vitamin D 6%
Potassium 4%