Mushroom Mac & Cheese

Presented by: Paula Nemzek, KCTS 9, Seattle WA.

serves 8


  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms
  • olive oil
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, plus extra for buttering dish
  • 1 cup panko crumbs, divided
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups nonfat milk
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese, divided
  • 1 pound elbow pasta

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13-inch casserole; set aside. Slice mushrooms and sauté in olive oil until tender.

Prepare the topping. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Place panko and 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan in a small bowl. Pour the butter over this mixture and toss. Set aside.

Prepare the sauce. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat milk to a simmer. Melt the remaining butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Whisk in the flour. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly to cook out the flour taste. Mixture will turn a pale gold. Add the hot milk slowly, continuously whisking to avoid lumps as the mixture thickens. Stir in the salt, pepper, hot sauce, 2 cups cheddar, 11/2 cups Gruyere and 1/2 cup Parmesan. Stir until the cheese melts. Set aside.

Meanwhile, boil a large pot of water. Cook pasta for 2 to 3 minutes less than manufacturer's directions. Drain pasta and place in large mixing bowl. Stir in cheese sauce. Add sautéed mushrooms. Pour mixture into prepared dish.

Mix together the remaining cheddar and Gruyere. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole and top with the panko mixture. Bake about 30 minutes, until golden brown on top. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve.



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Consider that the olive oil, pasta, and cheese make it Mediterranean. (See

Anyway, it's how much you eat daily, not per meal... :-)


Just worked out the calories, also. The programme I use gives one serving as
764 Calories. That is almost half of my daily caloric intake. I guess I won't be making this.


Too many bowls and pots used in this recipe - smarten up!


Calories yes, but for a special treat for company - WOW. It's a definite winner


Lots of cheese - lots of fat - real heart-breaker meal...but what is best about it all is that the page features a very nice ad which states "Supported by UW Medicine - One Health System - Eight Entities - A Single Mission" You on a slab, perhaps? :)


Hi guys,
If you're concerned about calories, don't even consider mac'n cheese.


Just worked out the calories. Total calories are 5,250. Divided by 8 portions equals 656 calories per serving


Wait, it has 4 cups nonfat milk, so it must be low calorie! (Just ignore the butter and the almost 6 cups of cheese~)


I'm afraid to ask: how many calories per serving?


If you have to ask, you can't afford it. :)
(yes, I have to ask, too...)



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