Mascarpone makes this cheesy pasta extra creamy, and the addition of potato starch means the sauce thickens without flour.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 2-ounce portions
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 7 minutes. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Transfer pasta to a serving bowl.

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  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; add onion and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir potato starch into onion mixture until dissolved, about 1 minute. Slowly pour evaporated milk into onion mixture and stir constantly. Bring sauce to a simmer and remove saucepan from heat.

  • Stir Cheddar cheese, mascarpone cheese, and hot sauce into sauce until smooth, adding the reserved pasta cooking liquid if needed to thin the sauce. The cheese sauce should be the consistency of gravy.

  • Mix cheese sauce into pasta and serve while warm and gooey.

Cook's Notes:

Barilla(R) came out on top in the Allrecipes' Tasting Panel.

Optional: Place the finished mac-n-cheese in a casserole dish and sprinkle with additional Cheddar cheese. Place under the broiler until golden, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

621 calories; protein 19g 38% DV; carbohydrates 57.9g 19% DV; fat 35.6g 55% DV; cholesterol 103.9mg 35% DV; sodium 403.6mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2016
This ain't your momma's boxed mac 'n cheese! This is creamy ooey gooey goodness that melts in your mouth. It's pretty simple to put together too. I used Barilla GF Rotini and tossed in a handful of Barilla's GF Elbows I had hanging around. They have two different cooking times but neither suffered and at 7 minutes they were both ready for their blanket of sauce. I followed the notes about popping this under the broiler but added some GF bread crumbs and used grated Pecorino Romano seeing that I'd used up all my cheddar in the sauce. Definitely a potluck worthy treat. A quick mention about portions. This stuff is so good make extra. What is written here for 6 fed 3 regular sized adults with normal appetites but "golosi". So schedule me an intervention if you want but know that you will want large portions. It is THAT good. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/12/2020
mine didn't turn out well. I followed the recipe but got a dough instead of a roux (sauce). So then I had to thin it with about a cup of milk. And after that, it was quite bland. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
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  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2016
This ain't your momma's boxed mac 'n cheese! This is creamy ooey gooey goodness that melts in your mouth. It's pretty simple to put together too. I used Barilla GF Rotini and tossed in a handful of Barilla's GF Elbows I had hanging around. They have two different cooking times but neither suffered and at 7 minutes they were both ready for their blanket of sauce. I followed the notes about popping this under the broiler but added some GF bread crumbs and used grated Pecorino Romano seeing that I'd used up all my cheddar in the sauce. Definitely a potluck worthy treat. A quick mention about portions. This stuff is so good make extra. What is written here for 6 fed 3 regular sized adults with normal appetites but "golosi". So schedule me an intervention if you want but know that you will want large portions. It is THAT good. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2016
I could not find potato starch so I used cornstarch and it was still amazing Read More
(1)
Rating: 2 stars
05/12/2020
mine didn't turn out well. I followed the recipe but got a dough instead of a roux (sauce). So then I had to thin it with about a cup of milk. And after that, it was quite bland. Read More
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