350 g dried pasta
35g + 20 g butter
1.5 dl white wine
2 tbsp. plain flour
4 dl milk (whole)
2 sprigs of thyme
2 dl breadcrumbs (or panko)
300 g Castello® Mature Cheddar
Salt and pepper
Baked Mac and Cheese – The Ultimate Recipe
350 g dried pasta
Preheat the oven to 180° C. In a saucepan melt butter (20 g) and add the breadcrumbs. Toast at medium heat until the breadcrumbs are golden. Once the breadcrumbs are done, remove from the saucepan and pour the breadcrumbs on a paper towel to drain the butter.
Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente.
Melt the remaining butter (35 g) in a saucepan, add flour and stir until you get a paste. Slowly add the white wine and then milk while stirring. Continue to stir until you get a nice smooth sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil for 3-4 minutes. Turn the heat to medium and add grated Castello® Mature Cheddar. Stir until the cheddar has melted but make sure it is slightly wet as it will thicken up again in the oven. Season with salt, pepper and thyme. Drain the pasta, add it to the cheese sauce and pour into a casserole or baking dish. Sprinkle with the toasted breadcrumbs and bake for 20-25 minutes at 180° C.
The story behind the dish
The original macaroni and cheese recipe may actually be a lot older than you think and has been traced all the way back to medieval Italy, where the dish was prepared by serving boiled hand-cut pastry beneath a mix of grated cheese and butter. While the recipe has changed a good deal since then, the main components have remained the same. This early rendition first appeared in the 14th century in an uncredited recipe book, and was later reimagined, in the following 18th and 19th centuries, as the recipe we know and love today, meaning no one ever laid claim to having invented it.
Since then, popularity rapidly spread, making macaroni and cheese a staple menu item in many renowned restaurants around the world. Even American president Thomas Jefferson is said to have enjoyed it so much, during his visits to Paris and Italy, that he ordered a pasta machine upon returning to America. Today, macaroni and cheese is considered a timeless classic, and remains universally loved in whatever iteration it presents itself in.
There is something unexplainably heart-warming about the simplicity and the intense depth of flavour in macaroni and cheese. Whether you like it plain, or with a twist, macaroni and cheese has been a favourite among culinary experts and food lovers alike for centuries, and for good reason. It is easy to make, can be laid-back or extravagant and most importantly, it makes for a mouth-watering dish.
Everyone has their own take on the ultimate macaroni and cheese, and while they are all great, our Baked Mac and Cheese recipe hits home every time. Our interpretation of the iconic dish combines a crunchy crust, with a creamy and savoury sauce. Indulge on this ultimate guilty pleasure on your own, or impress guests at your dinner party. We like to say that this is the best Mac and Cheese in the world, but there is only one way for you to be certain, try it for yourself!