White Cheddar Pasta Recipe

I must admit that I rarely meet a pasta dish that I dislike, and I love cheese. This is basically a fancy white cheese macaroni and cheese-but it is AMAZING. C.J. and I both enjoy this pasta.
If you love pasta I encourage you to try this dish!
It is not necessarily a quick fix, but you can prepare it and cook it in under an hour. It is very filling as well.
A few disclaimers:
  • This is a very rich and slightly heavy pasta-not your every day meal.
  • With the 3 different cheeses this meal is not the cheapest meal to make.
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    Cheddar Pasta

    • 1 lb penne pasta
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • ½ cup chopped onion
    • 2 tbsp butter
    • 1½ cups milk
    • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
    • ¼ cup shredded or cubed Gruyere cheese
    • ¼ cup shredded or cubed Pecorino Romano cheese
    • ¾ cup shredded or cubed sharp white cheddar cheese
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
    1. Bring a large pot of water to boil, then add pasta and cook until al dente.  Drain and rinse with cold water.
    2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, then cook the onions until tender.
    3. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter and add the salt and flour. Stir well.
    4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    5. Add the milk and heat until bubbles begin to form, stirring occasionally.
    6. Add the onion and cheeses, and continue to stir over low heat with a whisk until the sauce thickens.
    7. Transfer pasta to a greased or non-stick medium sized baking pan (a 9×9 inch or a 9 inch round will work), and pour sauce over.
    8. Top with Panko breadcrumbs, and bake for 25 minutes.
    9. Enjoy!


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