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Joan's on Third macaroni and cheese

Joan's on Third macaroni and cheese
Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: We frequently enjoy the food at Joan's on Third. My 7-year-old son especially loves the macaroni and cheese, as do I. Could you convince them to share the recipe? Ruth Peebles Los Angeles Dear Ruth: This playfully traditional ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes | Serves 12
  • 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

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender. Drain well.

Step 2Return 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.

Step 3Spoon 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.

Each serving:
525 calories; 27 grams protein; 31 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 32 grams fat; 20 grams saturated fat; 110 mg. cholesterol; 603 mg. sodium.
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