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Smoky Four Cheese Macaroni Bake Recipe
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Smoky Four Cheese Macaroni Bake

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"This rich macaroni combines the savory flavors of Swiss, Monetary Jack, sharp Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses along with sauteed garlic and onion to make a creamy sauce to die for. Add a little liquid smoke for a, well, smoky taste."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch baking dish Change Servings
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook for 3 minutes until it begins to soften. Add the garlic, and continue cooking until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 2 minutes more. Slowly stir in the flour, and cook, stirring constantly for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the half-and-half and milk, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in mustard powder and liquid smoke; simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, along with the cream cheese, Swiss, Monterey Jack, and Cheddar cheeses; stir until melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then stir in the drained macaroni noodles. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs over the macaroni
  5. Bake in preheated oven until bubbly and brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
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  • PREP 40 mins
  • COOK 55 mins
  • READY IN 1 hr 40 mins
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 16, 2008

Some wise advice when making this recipe would be to make sure you have all your ingredients out and all your cheeses shredded before beginning,because you need to stir the flour mixture continuously. This recipe does not take long to prepare, and the sauce is very rich, with all the cheeses. Also, the liquid smoke is a necessary ingredient for the smokey flavor this recipe is intending to deliver. Although I feel this is a delightful tasting dish, I enjoy traditional mac & cheese a bit better. Sometimes a shot of liquid smoke to regular mac & cheese lends a great flavor. But I enjoyed the experience of trying the different cheeses in this recipe, such as the swiss, which I had never used in a mac & cheese recipe. All said and done, I would make this again for a change of pace. Thanks for sharing!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
May 21, 2008

I followed this recipe. It came out WAY to dry and I had to add ALOT more milk. The flavor was just OK.

 
Oct 20, 2008

This. Is. Awesome! I wanted to sneak some veggies in for my kids, so I cut the macaroni in half and did a 12 oz. package of cauliflower I blanched for a couple minutes. I also sauteed a couple large handfuls of matchstick carrots in with the onion and garlic. My kids aren't big on cream cheese in their macaroni, so I used 1/2 c. of sour cream, which was a nice touch, and I also added a little Frank's. Everything else I kept the same. Very, very good. You couldn't tell that there was cauliflower or carrots in it. My kids and husband inhaled it and asked for more. I will suggest that if you make this, you might want to half it unless you have a big family. This fills a large 9x13 baking dish! TIP: If you chop the cauliflower in small pieces, it unnoticable when you add it to macaroni dishes!

 
Mar 06, 2008

WOW, this was really good, I used provolone in place of the swiss, because I really dont like swiss. I bet gruyer would be nice, anywhoo, I did not use the liquid smoke, but i did use roasted garlic instead to give it a deeper flavor, omg, with the breadcrumbs and parm on top, to die for!thx

 
Apr 18, 2008

This was a wonderful mac and cheese recipe! I followed it exactly, w/one exception...i did not use the liquid smoke simply bc I did not have any. It was still delicious...it reminded me of my mom's homemade recipe...i will definitely make again...also easy for a beginner cook, and great for picky eaters like my husband!

 
May 11, 2008

I try a lot of mac & cheese recipes and really enjoyed this one. I've never used cream cheese before, but it really gives the sauce a smooth creamy texture. To enhance the smokiness I added 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika and crumbled bacon. I would definitely make this again!

 
Jan 11, 2011

This Mac and Cheese is the BEST!!!!!!! I usually make changes to all my recipes but there was no need for this one! This is PERFECTION! Thanks for such an amazing recipe! Will be using this tasty dish for all occasions!

 
May 18, 2008

This recipe was only ok for me, but my husband loved it so it got 4 stars. I really liked the addition of the liquid smoke. The texture left a little to be desired for me, a little too thick. Worth a shot if you are looking for something a little different.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 638 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.9 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 111 mg
  • 37%
  • Fat
  • 37.7 g
  • 58%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 28.7 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 686 mg
  • 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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