How about some cheese today?

Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers | halfbakedharvest.com

And pasta!!

It is kind of perfect after the day I had yesterday, or really the day the site had. Not real happy with my VPS host, Bluehost. We are not even going to talk about it except to say is that I am really sorry the site was down ALL day yesterday. So frustrating and just plain terrible. Ugh. Sorry if it caused you guys any inconvenience.

Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers | halfbakedharvest.com

This mac and cheese is my apology.

I’d say it’s fair game. I mean just look at it. So creamy and buttery, and did I mention there is four cheeses and one of the cheeses is Brie?!?! Yes, Brie. In mac and cheese. It’s so good. And I would totally add some blue cheese crumbles if you are into it.

That would be good. I should have done that.

The Brie actually does not add a ton of amazing flavor. The flavor comes mostly from the sharp cheddar, fontina and havarti (my favorite cheese to add to mac and cheese!!), but the Brie does add amazing creaminess. Oh so creamy! I think you are going to freak. It is the best mac and cheese I have ever made. And eaten.

Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers | halfbakedharvest.com

Oh, and did you guys notice?

My casserole dish? It is not glued together anymore. It is actually all in once piece and totally not toxic.

Yay!

Now I can eat all the mac and cheese. Not just the center. Thank God.

Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers | halfbakedharvest.com

The only reason I made mac and cheese was because I am currently loaded with fancy and delicious cheeses. Definitely not a problem at all, I love it!

Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers | halfbakedharvest.com

Here is the thing though, my grocery store pretty much just sucks. It is not very good and has very limited selections. BUT it does have a new killer cheese section. Guys, it is awesome and I love it, but you know, cheese is expensive…..

Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers | halfbakedharvest.com

So I piled up on pretty much all the discounted cheese (AKA the old cheese). I bought ten eight-ounce wheels of Brie for ten dollars. Now that is a good deal. Especially for me since cheese takes forever to go bad up here where I live. It’s the one thing the elevation is good for (that and no bugs – too high for the little suckers, just a few tiny ants up here)!

Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers | halfbakedharvest.com

Cheep (fancy) cheese equals really good mac and cheese.

So does buttery Ritz crackers, best mac-n-cheese topping ever.

Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers | halfbakedharvest.com

Just like any mac and cheese recipe, this one is super easy. Make it ahead and everyone will love it. It is the perfect cozy meal for weeknights or the weekends. I am pretty sure it would be an awesome Thanksgiving side as well.

Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers | halfbakedharvest.com

A little mac and cheese can never hurt.

Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers | halfbakedharvest.com

Oh, and don’t mind my holiday Ritz crackers and Christmas bowls. I am just a tad too excited about them and had to share.

Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers | halfbakedharvest.com

Creamy 4 Cheese Brie and Buttery Ritz Cracker Mac and Cheese

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: 6-8

Ingredients

7 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 clove garlic, minced or grated
1 1/2 cups crushed Ritz crackers (about 1 sleeve)
1 pound elbow pasta (I really love any DeLallo pastas)
1/4 cup flour
3 cups warm milk (I used 2%)
1 1/4 cups sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup fontina cheese, shredded (add an extra 1/4 cup...if you want!)
1 1/4 cups havarti cheese, shredded
4-6 ounces Brie, rind removed and chopped (I surely used 6 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until al-dente. You want it to have a bit of bite. It will finish cooking in the oven. Drain well.
  3. While the pasta boils add 3 tablespoons butter to a medium skillet and melt. Add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds then throw in the crushed Ritz crackers and toss to coat.
  4. Toast the crumbs for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning. Once the crumbs are lightly toasted remove form the heat and set aside.
  5. In the same pot you boiled the pasta, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let cook/bubble for 1 minute, stirring once or twice to avoid burning. Gradually whisk in the milk and raise the heat up to medium-high. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking frequently until the sauce has thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in all of the cheese, mustard powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Stir until the cheese is fully melted. Stir in the pasta and transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  6. Evenly sprinkle on the toasted cracker crumbs and place the baking dish on a baking
  7. sheet.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crumbs are golden brown and the sauce is bubbling.
  9. Remove from the oven and let site five minutes (yeah, right). Dig in!!
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Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers | halfbakedharvest.com

Ok, now let’s just go grab some giant bowls!

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