Three-Cheese Baked Mac


Swiss, cheddar, and gouda make for a terrific creamy trio in this baked mac and cheese recipe.

Three-Cheese Baked Mac
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
4 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Broil Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
42 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 pound penne

  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 2 cup 2% milk

  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion

  • 2 teaspoon dry mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • 2 cup shredded Swiss cheese (8 ounces)

  • 2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 ounces)

  • 1 cup shredded Gouda cheese (4 ounces)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 2-quart broiler-safe dish with cooking spray. Cook penne according to package directions; drain.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Sprinkle flour onto butter and cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Whisk in milk, dried onion, dry mustard, salt, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
    Reduce heat and cook, whisking constantly, for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. In a large bowl toss together cheeses. Whisk half of the cheese into the milk mixture in skillet until smooth. Stir cheese sauce into pasta. Spoon half of the pasta into the prepared baking dish. Top with half of the remaining cheese. Repeat layering, ending with cheese.

  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Increase heat to broil. Broil pasta for 3 to 4 minutes until bubbly and browned.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

383 Calories
19g Fat
34g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 383
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 298mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Protein 19g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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