Three Cheese 🧀🧀🧀 Gruyère Macaroni Bake

The World's Best Mac & Cheese

I love this Three Cheese Gruyère Macaroni Bake. This cheese dish is made with Gruyère, extra-sharp Cheddar, and Parmesan cheese. This is the trifecta of cheese and pasta flavor.

Ways to Make Macaroni and Cheese

There are a million ways to make Mac & Cheese but this three-cheese macaroni bake is the best but it is also the hardest to make. We are all aware of the infamous Mac & Cheese in a box but there are actually many ways to make it.

How to Store Three Cheese Gruyère Macaroni Bake

To keep macaroni and cheese, refrigerate it in shallow airtight containers. Properly stored, cooked macaroni and cheese will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, it will maintain the best quality for about 1 to 2 months.

History of Macaroni and Cheese

The exact origin of macaroni and cheese is unknown, though it most likely hails from Northern Europe, with the earliest known recorded recipe being scribbled down in 1769. Kraft Foods introduced its boxed macaroni and cheese in 1937. However, you cannot make this Three Cheese Gruyère Macaroni Bake without using Gruyère cheese which is exclusively made in Gruyères, Switzerland.

The City of Gruyères, Switzerland

Gruyères is a medieval town in the Fribourg canton of Switzerland. It’s known for the production of cheese of the same name. The 13th-century Château de Gruyères is a hilltop fortress with a multimedia history show and ornate rooms. Inside the small St. Germain Castle, the H.R. Giger Museum shows artwork relating to the film “Alien.” The Tibet Museum displays Buddhist sculptures and ritual objects of the Himalayas.

Gruyères, Switzerland
Gruyères, Switzerland

History of Gruyères, Switzerland

The region has been inhabited for thousands of years, Graves from the Hallstatt era and La Tène era (325-250 BC) as well as other traces from the Bronze Age were discovered in the area. The remains of a Roman-era villa from the 2nd-3rd century AD and an Early Middle Ages cemetery were also found nearby.

Tourism in Switzerland

Tourists are drawn to Switzerland’s diverse landscape as well as the available activities, which take advantage of the Alpine climate and landscapes, in particular skiing and mountaineering. The most visited Swiss tourist attractions are first, the Rhine Falls, second, the Berne Bear exhibit, and third, with over 1.8 million visitors: Zoo Basel.

Swiss Cuisine

Swiss cuisine is influenced by French, German, and Northern Italian cuisine, as well as by the history of Switzerland as a primarily agricultural country.

How to Make Three Cheese Gruyere Macaroni Bake Recipe

This is not your Mac and Cheese in a Box. This recipe is a mix of white cheddar and gruyere cheese baked into a smooth and creamy macaroni dish with a crispy topping of breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.

Although it takes an hour to make this recipe is very easy to make and will have your entire family asking for seconds.

Ingredients Needed for Three Cheese Gruyere Macaroni Bake

Equipment

  • 1 Sauce Pan
  • 1 Stock Pot
  • 1 Baking Dish

Ingredients

  • 8 oz dried macaroni
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 3 cups milk
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 ½ cups sharp white cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese, coarsely grated
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Cooking Directions for Three Cheese Gruyere Macaroni Bake

Time needed: 1 hour.

Three Cheese Gruyere Macaroni Baking Directions

  1. Preheat the Oven

    Preheat the oven to 375°.

  2. Prep the Baking Dish

    Grease a 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Set aside.

  3. Boil the Pasta

    Boil a large pot of water to cook macaroni according to package directions. But stop cooking about two minutes early. (Pasta should be slightly underdone.)

  4. Drain the Pasta

    Drain and rinse pasta with cold water and set aside for later use.

  5. Make the Breadcrumbs

    In a large saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter, and then add the fresh breadcrumbs. Stir until thoroughly coated then remove and set aside for later use.

  6. Heat the Milk

    Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it becomes hot but not scalding and set aside for later use.

  7. Melt More Butter

    Meanwhile, in the pan used for the bread crumbs, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. When butter is bubbling, add flour and stir until cooked, about 1 minute.

  8. Whisk in Hot Milk

    Slowly whisk in hot milk, whisking continuously until all milk is incorporated and the sauce begins to thicken, for about 5 minutes.

  9. Stir in the Cheese

    Remove pan from heat and stir in salt, black pepper, nutmeg, cheddar, and Gruyere cheese. Mix until all the cheese has melted.

  10. Add the Macaroni

    Add the macaroni to the cheese sauce and mix well. Pour the mixture into the buttered casserole dish.

  11. Sprinkle the Breadcrumbs

    Mix the parmesan cheese with the buttered bread crumbs and then sprinkle on top.

  12. Bake the Casserole

    Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the casserole is bubbling.

  13. Cool and Serve

    Let sit for 5 minutes, then serve.

The most difficult part of this recipe is waiting for it to cool after you take it out of the oven.

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Three Cheese Gruyere Macaroni Bake

This dish is loaded with sharp cheddar, Gruyère, and Parmesan cheese. It's rich and creamy and loved by both children and adults.

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 930 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Sauce Pan
  • 1 Stock Pot
  • 1 Baking Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz dried macaroni
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 3 cups milk
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 ½ cups sharp white cheddar cheese coarsely grated
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese coarsely grated
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese finely grated

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Grease a 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Set aside.
  • Boil large pot of water to cook macaroni according to package directions. But stop cooking about two minutes early. (Pasta should be slightly underdone.)
    8 oz dried macaroni
  • Drain and rinse pasta with cold water and set aside.
  • In large saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter.
    4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Add fresh breadcrumbs and stir until thoroughly coated. Remove and set aside.
    ½ cup bread crumbs
  • In a small sauce pan or microwave, heat milk until very hot but not scalded.
    3 cups milk
  • Meanwhile, in the pan you used for the bread crumbs, melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. When butter is bubbling, add flour and stir until cooked, about 1 minute.
    ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Slowly whisk in hot milk, whisking continuously until all milk is incorporated and sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat and stir in salt, black pepper, nutmeg, cheddar, Gruyere cheese until all the cheese has melted.
    ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper, ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg, 2 ½ cups sharp white cheddar cheese, 1 cup Gruyere cheese
  • Add cooled macaroni to the cheese sauce and mix well. Pour the mixture into the buttered casserole dish.
  • Mix the parmesan cheese with the buttered bread crumbs and then sprinkle on top.
    ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and casserole is bubbling.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes, then serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 930kcalCarbohydrates: 68.9gProtein: 46.3gFat: 52.3gSaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 1221mgPotassium: 365mgFiber: 2.8gSugar: 11.3gCalcium: 1168mgIron: 3mg
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