Cheesy Mac & Cheese

Yes, eating healthy is key to our wellness and longevity, but so is balance! So, I’m honour of balance, here’s a scrumptious mac and cheese recipe that’s sure to be a win with the kids, or anyone who loves good ol’ comfort food.

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups coarsely grated Gruyère cheese

1 1/2 cups coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)

1 1/2 cups diced rindless Brie (cut from 1-pound wedge)

5 tablespoons butter, divided

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 drop thyme vitality oil

1 drop nutmeg vitality oil

4 cups whole milk

1 3/4 cups fresh breadcrumbs

1 pound penne pasta

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all cheeses. Set aside 1 cup for topping; cover and chill. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir until mixture turns golden brown, about 4 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Simmer until thickened and smooth, stirring often, about 4 minutes. Add thyme and nutmeg oils. Add cheeses from large bowl. Stir until melted and smooth.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add breadcrumbs; toss. Stir until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to plate.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until tender but firm to bite. Drain. Transfer to large bowl. Pour cheese sauce over; toss. Divide among eight 1 1/4-cup custard cups. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Place cups on rimmed baking sheet. sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake pasta until beginning to bubble and tops are golden, about 20 minutes.

{Excellent and delicious recipe courtesy of Jason & Britney Pilkington, pic via Running with Spoons}

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