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Three bowls of brie mac and cheese.

Creamy Brie Mac and Cheese

This creamy brie mac and cheese is the ultimate in cozy, decadent, luxury comfort food. The brie create a silky texture that can't be beat. It's perfect for cold nights where you're craving all the cozy feelings.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course, Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 606 kcal

Equipment

  • 9x13" baking dish

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • ½ C butter
  • ½ C flour
  • 4 C whole milk
  • 2 C old cheddar grated
  • 1 C gruyere grated
  • 8 oz brie cheese rind removed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 C panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ C parmesan cheese grated

Instructions
 

Make the Mac and Cheese

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Make your pasta according to package directions, in a pot of boiling, salted water. Strain and set aside in the same pot.
  • Melt the butter in a medium pan over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the flour. Whisk continuously for 2 minutes. The mixture (roux) should be bubbling by now.
  • In one continuous stream, slowly add the milk, all the while whisking continuously.
  • Once all the milk is added stir frequently until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 7-10 minutes).
  • Now, add your cheese to the sauce, about ⅓ to ½ cup at a time. Stir, and allow the cheese to melt in between additions.
  • Once all the cheese has been added, add the salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Next, pour the cheese sauce over the cooked pasta.
  • Pour the pasta into a 9x13" baking dish, and make the topping.
  • Combine the panko, olive oil, thyme, garlic, and parmesan in a medium bowl and mix with your hands. Spread evenly over the mac and cheese.
  • Bake at 350°F for 30-40 minutes, until bubbling and the panko crust is golden.
  • Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Keep an eye on the sauce at all times while cooking! The milk will scald and boil over in a heartbeat. 
  • Feel free to add different flavors and ingredients to make this your own!
  • I highly recommend tasting the sauce for seasoning before adding it to the pasta. 
  • You can swap the panko for regular breadcrumbs, and it's just as delicious. 
  • The breadcrumbs tend to get very golden quickly, so if you prefer, you can add them halfway through the cooking time. 

Nutrition

Serving: 150gCalories: 606kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 22gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 737mgPotassium: 201mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 905IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 464mgIron: 1mg
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