Mascarpone Macaroni and Cheese

Mondays suck.

Big time.

You know what makes Mondays better? Holidays.

Since every Monday can’t be a holiday, thank God for macaroni and cheese!

See? Doesn’t this look like it would make Monday better?

This is a great mac’n cheese for someone who has never made homemade before because there’s no béchamel sauce – you simply whisk the wet ingredients together and pour them over the top of the cooked noodles, sprinkle it with the bread crumb topping and pop it in the oven, Easy peasy.

And the best part is that is tastes like heaven! Creamy, cheesy heaven. You can thank me later!

Mascarpone Macaroni and Cheese
Yields: 4 servings

8 oz. elbow noodles, cooked al dente according to package directions
4 oz. Mascarpone cheese
½ c. sour cream
¾ c. half and half cream
¼ grated Parmesan cheese
½ tsp. dried sage
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. white pepper

Bread Crumb Topping:

1 c. fresh bread crumbs
½ tsp. dried sage
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 tbs. butter, melted
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together Mascarpone cheese, sour cream, half and half, Parmesan cheese, sage, salt and pepper till nice and smooth. Add prepared noodles and toss gently to coat. Pour into prepared casserole dish.

In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, sage, garlic, butter, and a pinch of salt and toss until the bread crumbs are evenly coated with the melted butter. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the noodle and cheese mixture.

Bake 15-20 minutes until it’s heated through and the bread crumb mixture is a light, golden brown and crispy.

Hope you have a totally unsucky Monday!

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Comments

  1. 1

    I enjoy variations on mac and cheese, and the simpler, the better! Nice work! :)

  2. 3

    Oh goodness, Jen. This sounds sooooo amazing. I love mascarpone. Great idea here!

  3. 4

    Looks wonderful! Luckily my son and husband both have off for Presidents Day today! And it is hubby’s birthday; perfect day for comfort food!

  4. 6

    Mmm, I love that you added mascarpone to this macaroni & cheese Jen! It looks so delicious and divine. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me with a new idea!

  5. 8

    I have really been craving some mac-n-cheese lately. This looks so delicious. Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  6. 9

    Wow, that looks amazing. I can hear all the blue boxes in my cupboard hiding in shame! I think the addition of the mascarpone is genius.

  7. 10

    I will thank you now. Everyone I know seems to have today off and I am stuck in my office. I needed something like this to admire.

  8. 12

    I love the mascarpone in here, mascarpone is one of the best ingredients on Earth!

  9. 14

    Wow, this is really easy! It looks and sounds awesome! Have a great day off :)

  10. 15

    Your pictures are stunning! This looks like such elegant macaroni and cheese, I need to save this recipe! I love that you added mascarpone to this, yumm!

  11. 17

    Let’s leave this life behind, shall we? Marry me and elope with me!

  12. 19

    Oh dear lord, this looks like heaven! How could anyone have a sucky Monday with this for dinner?
    P.S. If you’re not busy, please come to my house tonight and make this for dinner!

  13. 21

    Is there anyone who doesn’t just love mac ‘n cheese? And you’ve made it so easy. The mascarpone is brilliant. Creamy. Smooth. Sold. (Definitely not sucky.)

  14. 22

    You’re right – this DOES make Monday a little bit better! Love the use of mascarpone to make the cheese sauce – and the use of fresh bread crumbs. This is heaven for me :)

  15. 24

    Oh my! I should really make Mondays Mac n Cheese Mondays! This recipe looks amazing!!

  16. 26

    Jen, wow! This looks fantastic! I have only actually cooked with Mascarpone once. I will have to try this!

  17. 27

    This would make any day a whole lot better Jen! It looks fantastic & I happen to have some mascarpone in the fridge…

  18. 29

    This mac and cheese can cure the worst case of the Mondays! I love mascarpone!

  19. 30

    This sounds so good! The mascarpne must make it extra decadent and delicious! I might just have to make some when I am feeling the need to indulge :)!

  20. 31

    Oh, delish! This truly is a holiday in a casserole dish! Thanks and have a GREAT week!

  21. 32

    Ooh, I’d never thought to use mascarpone cheese in mac & cheese. Great idea!

  22. 33

    I so agree with you.. Mondays are not fun. Now since we had a holiday for Monday.. Tuesday is not fun. :) I’m glad you found such comforting solace from this yummy mac and cheese. I bet the sage in the crumb topping was extra yummy. :)

  23. 34

    So yummy. Mac n Cheese is tasty – but marscapone makes a huge difference. Lovely photos!

  24. 35

    Gosh, I’ve never used mascarpone in mac and cheese before! I must be one of the few who doesn’t mind Mondays, this is good for any day!

  25. 37

    You just have the cutest dishes EVER! Oh and I love marscarpone cheese, and I never use it. This is def. next on my list.

  26. 39

    Haha mac n cheese would totally make a Monday better! Especially this one. It looks delicious! And adorably cute in those bowls. Like that there’s no bechamel, great recipe! (PS – Just followed you on Pinterest!)

  27. 40

    Oh wow. This looks amazing. That crust would have me running to this dish in a flash!

  28. 41

    I have never been a fan of Mac & cheese because I always think it is so bland. But I absolutely LOVE mascarpone. So I thought I’d give this a go because it seemed so easy. Well it is not only easy but it is delicious! I couldn’t stop eating it! This is an absolute keeper. Thanks so much for sharing. :))

    • 42

      I’m so glad you liked it! It’s my absolute favorite version. It’s an adaptation of my favorite potato gratin recipe which is almost the same, although it uses a little less cream and has a longer baking time. If you liked this one, you may want to give that a try too. http://www.thethreelittlepiglets.com/2011/05/mascarpone-potato-gratin/

      Thanks so much for letting me know that you tried it. It always makes my day when someone says they loved it!

      • 43

        “Oh my God”! That was what can out of my mouth after the first bite! This is absolutely amazing. I don’t think I will ever make potatoes any other way again. Thank you! I’m going to lay on my couch now and experience the happy tummy dance :)
        Leslie

  29. 44

    I’m reading this in bed on a Thursday night..and suddenly I MUST have mac and cheese!! And if we’re being honest I’d tell you that I made Mac and Cheese from my blog’s fave recipe last week…2x in one week…that’s okay, right?

    Saw that you’re attending BlogHer Food Conference this year…it’s my first time. Have you been before?

    Looking forward to a weekend with fellow foodies!

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