TRIPLE CRÈME MAC AND CHEESE Triple crème cheese is a creamy, soft, and buttery cow’s milk cheese, oozing with over 75 percent butterfat due to the extra cream component. Adding it to mac and cheese puts a French spin on the American classic, increasing its comforting appeal while infusing it with a bit of decadence. Serve this at the holidays or as a Friday. night dinner treat, paired with a salad and sparkly Syrah to temper its richness. If you can’t find a triple crème cheese, swap in grated sharp white cheddar.
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  • Salt
  • 1 pound pasta, such as fusilli or farfalle
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces triple crème cheese, rind removed and cubed
  • 12 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


    Step 1/4

    Preheat the oven to 375°F.

    Step 2/4

    Bring a large cast-iron cocotte of water to a boil, salt it, and cook the pasta according to the package instructions for al dente. Drain.

    Step 3/4

    In a large cast-iron cocotte, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until combined. Cook for 30 seconds, whisking constantly until a smooth paste forms. Add the milk and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the. mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Add the nutmeg, pepper, triple crème and Gruyère cheeses, and thyme. Season with salt. Fold in the cooked pasta. Keep the mixture in the large cocotte for baking, or split it among 6 to 8 mini cocottes for individual portions.

    Step 4/4

    In a small bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese, panko, and oil. Top the mac and cheese with the Parmesan mixture, place in the oven, and bake for20 to 30 minutes for the large cocotte or 20 to 25 minutes for the minis, until the top is golden brown and bubbling. Serve hot.

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