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The Best Macaroni and Cheese Ever

This is not your traditional mac and cheese. This recipe calls for egg noodles instead of macaroni and the cheeses are a mix of fontina, parmesan, and mozzarella. This is comfort food at it's finest and you can add ham to make it a main dish or to add extra flavor.

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword american food, comfort food, fontian cheese, homemade, italian recipe, leftover ham recipes, mac and cheese, macaroni and cheese, main dish, mozerella, parmesean, pasta recipe, Side Dish, vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter (softened)
  • 12 oz egg noodles
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt plus more for pasta water
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups grated fontina cheese (packed)
  • 3/4 cup finely grated parmesan (packed)
  • 3/4 cup grated mozzarella (packed)
  • 4 oz cooked ham, diced (this is optional)
  • 1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley (italian parsley)
  • water for boiling egg noodles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450ยบ F

  2. Take the softened butter and grease a 9 x 13 glass baking dish and set aside.

  3. Cook the egg noodles as direct in a large pot of boiling water. Add about 2-3 tbsps. of salt to the water. Cook the noodles until tender but still firm to bite. Approximately 5-7 minutes.

  4. While the noodles are cooking, whisk together the cream, milk, flour, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. 

  5. Stir in 1 cup of the Fontina Cheese, 1/2 cup of the parmesan, and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, ham if using and parsley. Mix well.

  6. When the noodles are done, drain well but do not rinse.

  7. Add the noodles to the mixing bowl and toss to coat. When mixed well, dump the noodle mixture into the the buttered baking dish. 

  8. Toss the remaining grated cheeses together in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the noodle mixture.

  9. Bake until the sauce starts to bubble and the cheese melts and begins to brown on top. About 20-25 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

I've had this recipe for years and can't remember where I got it but there was no author on it. One of my IG followers messaged me, which I appreciate, and said this looks like Giada De Laurentis Macaroni and Cheese recipe so I'm crediting her after reading hers and mine. Whoever created this recipe though, it's amazing!