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Swiss Alps Mac and Cheese

Swiss Alps Mac and Cheese, made with gruyere, raclette, and fontina, has all the flavors of classic alpine fondue. Enjoy this baked pasta with white wine and Swiss chocolate!
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Author Tara Leung

Ingredients

  • 1 pound short cut pasta (I used whole wheat gobbetti)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 8 ounces shredded gruyere
  • 8 ounces shredded raclette
  • 8 ounces shredded fontina
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook pasta for 1 minute less than the time specified for al dente on package directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a second large pot, melt ½ cup (1 stick) butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring often, until fragrant. Add flour and cook for one minute, stirring almost constantly. Start adding milk, a splash at a time. Stir so the mixture is completely smooth before adding another splash of milk. After you’ve gotten through the first cup of milk, you can start adding it in ½ cup increments until all the milk is incorporated. Add wine, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in thyme leaves. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove sauce from heat. Add shredded cheeses and stir until all cheese has melted and sauce is smooth. Add drained pasta to the pot and stir until all pasta is coated with sauce. Transfer pasta to a 9” x 13” baking dish.
  5. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and stir to coat in butter. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 2 more minutes, stirring often. Spread breadcrumbs evenly over the top of the pasta.
  6. Bake 25 – 30 minutes, until mixture is bubbling and breadcrumbs are a light golden brown.