Fondue Mac and Cheese

Adapted from: Married …with dinner's recipe post


4 Tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for dish
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 cups milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 to 1/2 cup Chardonnay (or other white wine)
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/2 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
6 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated
1/2 pound spiral or elbow pasta


Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9×9 baking dish, and set aside.

Place bread in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 Tbsp butter. Pour butter into bowl with breadcrumbs, and toss. Set breadcrumbs aside.

Fill a large saucepan with water, and bring to a boil. Add pasta, and undercook by 2 to 3 minutes, until the outside of the pasta is just cooked. Transfer pasta to a colander and drain well, shaking the colander to remove as much water as possible from inside the pasta. Set pasta aside.

Heat milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Melt remaining butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat. When butter bubbles, add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. While continuing to whisk, slowly pour in hot milk. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick, but do not allow to boil. Take the saucepan off the heat, and whisk in the wine, salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, thyme, mustard and both cheeses, reserving 1 cup of cheese for topping.

Stir macaroni into the cheese sauce, then pour mixture into prepared dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top, followed by the buttered breadcrumbs. Bake until browned on top, about 30 minutes. Transfer casserole to a wire rack, and cool 5 minutes; serve hot.

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Erin said...

This looks wonderful! I love that it has white wine and Gruyere cheese in it! YUM!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Carolynn,
I just love Fondue, so I know your Mac N Cheese would be delicious. Hope you are having a great day and thanks for sharing.
Miz Helen

Unknown said...

Your mac and cheese recipe looks great. I love anything with wine and Gruyere!

Unknown said...

You had me at hello! Or at least fondue! I'm loving all of the cheesey flavors you've used, and of course the white wine. :)

Chameleon Girls said...

Fondue + Mac & Cheese= yummy

Jey @ The Jey of Cooking said...

Mac and Cheese AND wine?! You sure know the way to my heart!

Anonymous said...

Who knew there are so many Mac and Cheese recipes. Love yours.

KB said...

Looks good.

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Nicole said...

Wow, this looks just as good as the next!

Debra Gray-Elliott said...

This looks yummy! Can't wait to try.

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