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Bistro Mac & Cheese

I like to serve this mac & cheese with a salad and crusty bread. It's a satisfying meal that feels upscale, but will fit just about any budget. And because the Gorgonzola is so mild in this dish, even the kiddos will go for it. —Charlotte Giltner, Mesa, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, melt 3 tablespoons butter over low heat. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually whisk in milk and seasonings. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Reduce heat; stir in cheeses until melted. Stir in sour cream. Add macaroni; toss to coat. In a small skillet, heat remaining butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir until golden brown. Sprinkle over top.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • The combination of cheeses takes this recipe over the top, but feel free to substitute any cheeses you like. Just keep the total cup amount the same.
  • Mix it up with your toppings. Fresh bread crumbs are delicious (and a great way to use up extra bread). Make sure to brown them in butter as directed. We also love the texture of panko bread crumbs or crushed crackers.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 468 calories, 22g fat (14g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 649mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.


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    • Erzabet
      Jul 21, 2020

      I did not have Gorgonzola, so I used a bag of three blend cheddar (mild, sharp and fontina), 1/2 a bag of mozz and the cream cheese. It was wonderful. Will try it with the Gorgonzola next time. Hubby even loved it and asked for seconds. Thanks for the recipe!

    • AMcCracken
      Nov 18, 2016

      I substituted Swiss cheese for Gorgonzola. My kids love it!

    • masonsmith
      May 1, 2016

      Your ratios are all wrong. It is soup. I had to simmer it down for 3-4 times what your instructions outline. I know there is always variable like equipment and actual temperatures. Not that you had detail instructions. I had to add more cheese, flour and butter to make it close to edible. Letting is sit for 20 minuets finally got the consistency right. Soup. Only thing I would ever take from this is the ingredients to use but not the amounts.

    • raysue
      Jul 24, 2015

      Everyone loved it!!

    • alwaysdreamin
      Jan 27, 2015

      I wanted so bad to like this and I did, however, the taste was so subtle I could hardly tell there was cheese in it. It was very creamy not dry..but next time I was thinking of doubling the cheddar cheese and halving the recipe. By the way, shredded cheese in the bag is usually 8 ounces and contains 2 cups...8 ounces of LIQUID is 1 cup. Correct lonemomma!

    • trdenton
      Oct 19, 2014

      Very delicious! We loved all the different cheeses and we even added BACON! Yum! I will say when it cooled it became a little dry so it would be nice to find a way to keep it creamy longer, but overall SUPER yummy!

    • abashu
      Aug 11, 2014

      A cheese lovers delight

    • gucci65
      Aug 3, 2014

      Very good. I loved all the combo"s of cheeses. Can't wait to have the leftovers today !!!!!!!

    • kdamerson
      Aug 2, 2014

      Oh My!!! That's all I can say! This was an amazingly cheesy dish without being so upsthick you can't eat it! Nothing says comfort food like Mac and Cheese and this was great! for alittle more smoky flavor I topped with some bacon crumbles and put under the broiler for about 7 minutes to crisp up the bacon and bread topping.

    • lonemomma
      Aug 2, 2014

      The TOH Feb./Mar 2010 listed the recipe for the butter this way. The butter is NOT divided. You use all of the 3 Tbsp. The 2nd part of the directions that use the remaining butter was for a Crumb Topping. The 2010 TOH listed this topping as: Combine 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs & 2 Tbsp. melted butter. You placed the macaroni mixture in a greased 3-qt. baking dish and sprinkled the crumb mixture over the macaroni. Baked uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. YOU can cook this recipe as show. NOW for the 4 oz. & 8 oz. cheese. Look at a package of cheese and you will see that 8 oz. of cheese will have 2 cups listed. You are thinking about the liquid form for ounces. So 4 oz. will be 1 cup.