• 112 Ratings

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

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Blaine Moats

Recipe Summary

15 mins
20 mins at 350°
4 mins
3 mins


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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

383 calories; total fat 19g; saturated fat 11g; cholesterol 59mg; sodium 298mg; carbohydrates 34g; fiber 2g; protein 19g.


112 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
This is a keep. everyone like it. Best one I've find so far
Rating: 4 stars
Really good. I would bread or cracker crumbs on top and broil at the end to brown. For those wondering oz of cheese is weight- will show on package.
Rating: 4 stars
I thought this was one of the better mac & cheese recipes I have tried. I like the combination of the three cheeses and the penne pasta was great also.
Rating: 3 stars
3 stars, really good, one of my better mac & cheese recipes, and easy to make! But needs more salt. Next time I'll add 3/4 teaspoon but cut swiss to 1-1/2 cups because I thought it was a bit overpowering. Will also sprinkle w/panko instead of broiling. 2% milk cuts some of the calories from traditional cream, whole milk or 1/2 & 1/2, and recipe serves TWELVE, I guess side dish servings. But it was enough for me & hubby as main course twice.
Rating: Unrated
how does anything that looks this good but only fits in a 2 qt dish make 12 servings?
Rating: Unrated
Recipe looks good, however, I don't know where she gets her measurements from because isn't 8oz = 1 cup?
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How is this healthy?
Rating: Unrated
Eight ounces to a cup is a liquid measure.  Solids are measured by volume.  Hence, 8 oz. shredded cheese is two cups.