Joan’s on Third Macaroni and Cheese

Today’s Secret Recipe comes from Joan’s on Third in Los Angeles. This family owned establishment features a gourmet marketplace and a delightful Cafe. Joan’s is a favorite spot for lunch or an early dinner.

One of the amazing homestyle dishes they serve at Joan’s is the macaroni and cheese. Joan’s version of this classic uses four types of cheeses to create a unique texture and flavor to this dish.

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Joan’s on Third Macaroni and Cheese
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  • 1 pound pasta (elbow macaroni, fusilli or any shape desired)
  • 4 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) butter, cut up
  • 3 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup ricotta or small-curd cottage cheese
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 cups shredded Jack cheese
  • 5 cups shredded Gouda, divided
  • Salt, pepper
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender. Drain well.

  2. Return the pasta to the pot and add the butter, milk, ricotta, cream cheese, Jack cheese and 3 cups of the Gouda. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix gently, leaving some chunks of cheese visible.

  3. Spoon into a 9-by- 13-inch glass baking dish. Top with the remaining 2 cups Gouda. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until golden. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Serves 12

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Source: LA Times

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