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Gooey mac ‘n cheese recipe with aged Cheddar from Fromagerie Perron, Quebec.
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Award Winning Mac ‘n Cheese

Cheese. Ooey gooey mac ‘n cheese. Perfect for this cold spring weather.

This recipe is a twist on Mark Bittman‘s Shortcut Macaroni and Cheese (How to Cook Everything – The Basics). What’s “award winning” is that I used an aged Cheddar from Fromagerie Perron in Quebec that won the Old Cheddar category at this year’s Canadian Cheese Grand Prix. Thanks to Merkato Communications for sending me a basket of cheese love recently (note: I’m blogging out of my own interest, not out of obligation).

Award Winning Mac ‘n Cheese

Award Winning Mac ‘n Cheese


  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 375 grams whole grain pasta*
  • hot water (enough to cover pasta)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cooked, sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup cooked spinach
  • 3 oz salmon (about the size of your palm)**
  • 1 1/2 cups aged Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • *375 grams is one box of pasta (like Catelli or President’s Choice). I ran out of macaroni, so I used fusilli.
  • ** works great with leftover salmon


  1. Preheat the over to 400F.
  2. Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  3. Boil 6 cups of water. Put pasta in a bowl and cover it with the boiled water. (This partly cooks it while you’re prepping.)
  4. Bring milk to room temperature by microwaving it for 30-45 seconds (you can also heat on low in a small saucepan on the stove until small bubbles appear).
  5. Drain the pasta and layer half in the dish. Sprinkle on half the flour.
  6. Add a second layer with mushrooms, spinach and salmon.
  7. Sprinkle half the Cheddar.
  8. Add the remaining pasta and flour.
  9. Create the final layer with Cheddar and Parmesan. Top with bread crumbs.
  10. Pour the milk over the whole dish.
  11. Bake until the top is golden brown and you can see some vigorous bubbling action (about 35 to 40 minutes).

My kids gobbled this up and asked for seconds. What are your creative twists on mac ‘n cheese?

  • Zannat

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