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Midnight Moon® Mac and Cheese

Midnight Moon® Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

1 lb. dried rigatoni noodles or your choice
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 1/2 cups half and half
2 cups shredded monterey jack (or mozzarella)
2 cups grated medium or sharp cheddar cheese, depending on preference
1 cup grated Midnight Moon cheese
1/2 Tbsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. paprika

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a 3 qt baking dish (9×13″). Set aside.
  2. Put on a large pot of salted water to boil.
  3. While water is coming up to a boil, grate cheeses and toss together to mix, then divide into three piles. Approximately 3 cups for the sauce, 1 1/2 cups for the inner layer, and 1 1/2 cups for the topping.
  4. When water is boiling, add dried pasta and cook 1 minute less than the package directs for al dente. Drain and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil to keep from sticking.
  5. Melt butter and flour in a large sauce pan and whisk to combine. Mixture will look like very wet sand. Cook for approximately 1 minute, whisking often. Slowly pour in about 2 cups or so of the milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until smooth. Slowly pour in the remaining milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until combined and smooth and thickened.
  6. Stir in spices and 1 1/2 cups of the cheeses, stirring to melt and combine. Stir in another 1 1/2 cups of cheese, and stir until completely melted and smooth. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, combine drained pasta with cheese sauce, stirring to combine fully. Pour half of the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with 1 1/2 cups of grated cheeses, then top that with the remaining pasta mixture.
  8. Sprinkle the top with the last 1 1/2 cups of cheese and bake for 15- 20 minutes, until cheesy is bubbly and lightly golden brown.


Notes


We’ve partnered with Goldbelly!

To give you the best ordering experience possible, we’ve partnered with Goldbelly for all of your cheese needs this holiday season. You’ll be able to order all of your Cypress Grove favorites via their website, and your order will still ship directly from our creamery.

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