herbed macaroni & cheese

The herbs in this recipe transform this classic comfort food into something special, while the sour cream adds creamy richness.

  • 1 box uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • ½ cup cubed Havarti or Muenster cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Place in a 1 ½ qt. casserole and set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, herbs, onion powder and salt and pepper. Slowly add the milk, a little at a time while stirring. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes to thicken, stirring often. Remove from heat; add the sour cream and the cheeses. Stir until cheese melts.

Pour cheese sauce over macaroni; toss to coat. Combine the Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and remaining cheddar cheese and sprinkle evenly over casserole. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes, or until lightly golden and bubbly.

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