This Swiss Macaroni & Cheese goes beautifully with a ham dish. It is tangy and creamy and the breadcrumbs add nice texture. We really enjoyed this dish and it didn't last long in our house! It reheated pretty well too which is always a plus. I think it would make a wonderful base for an all-in-one casserole with chunks of ham and your favorite green veggie mixed in.
Swiss Macaroni and Cheese adapted from Taste of Home
16-oz package elbow macaroni noodles
1 1/8 tsp salt, divided
1 1/8 tsp pepper, divided
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, divided
3 TBS flour
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 medium onion, diced
2 - 2 1/2 cups shredded Swiss Cheese
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
- Put a large pot of lightly salted water onto boil, cook macaroni noodles to al dente (about 10 minutes). Drain and set aside.
- Lightly spray a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large nonstick skillet melt 6 TBS of the butter over medium to medium-high heat and cook onions until tender, and butter is beginning to brown (about 8 - 10 minutes); reducing heat if necessary to prevent butter from browning too quickly.
- Stir in the flour until evenly absorbed into the butter. Allow roux to cook for 1 - 2 minutes.
- Gently whisk in the milk and cream until completely incorporated and smooth.
- Increase heat and bring to a simmer, cook for 2 - 3 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken.
- Reduce heat back to medium and add in 1 tsp each salt and pepper, along with the cheese. Stir gently until cheese has melted and sauce is smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Combine noodles and sauce in the pot that you cooked the noodles in, stirring gently until noodles are evenly coated with the cheese sauce. Pour noodles into the prepared casserole dish and smooth.
- In a bowl, melt the remaining 2 TBS of butter and stir in the plain bread crumbs and remaining 1/8 tsp each salt and pepper until evenly combined. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over the top of the noodles.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. If breadcrumbs haven't browned, turn the broiler to high and broil for 1 - 2 minutes, or until golden brown.