CNYEats A Taste of Utica Macaroni n Cheese Casserole Oven Toasted Italian

by Joanne on March 6, 2011

“OH this is so Good – Oh this is soooooooo good. . . FORGET THE DIET.  Favorite of mine.  Use Penne or Mostaccioli.  MAKING sure you don’t skimp on cheeses or breading! Let it sit to set before slicing!”


Those are the words STRAIGHT from the excited mouth of Hj who posted this recipe in our book A Taste of Utica

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On page 109 you will find this recipe for a good old time favorite “Mac n Cheese”. 


Now I have to admit, macaroni and cheese has never been one of my favorites but this recipe gives it texture and a whole lotta taste.  It really is delicious.  Note:  I used half and half in place of heavy cream and 2% milk instead of whole milk. 


Makes a 9 x 13 tray of sliceable Macaroni and Cheese Utica style.


  • 1 lb of Penne or Mostaccioli pasta
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt *Be careful with the salt – cheese is very salty.
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • dash garlic powder to taste
  • dash cayenne pepper to taste
  • grated ground nutmeg – just a few quick grates
  • 2 cups Fontina cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella, shredded and divided

Combine and mix, then sprinkle of the top:  1 cup of bread crumbs plus 2 TBS fresh parsley-minced.

Preheat the oven to 450 F.  Coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with non stick spray.  Whisk the cream, milk, sour cream, eggs, flour, seasonings together in a large bowl while you cook the pasta according to the package directions. 

Stir in 1 cup of Fontina cheese plus 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese into the cream-milk mixture. 

Add the cooked, rinsed, drained pasta to the bowl and stir well to coat.  Transfer to your prepared 9 x 13 dish.

Sprinkle with remaining cheeses.  Top with the parsley-breadcrumb mix. 

Bake until cheese is bubbly and crumbs are golden,  about 30 minutes.  Let casserole rest for 10 minutes before slicing and ENJOY!


“My sister and I were great fans of Kewpee’s.  Do you remember the waitress who looked like Elizabeth Taylor!”  memories by Rosalie

Are you a fan of Mac N Cheese?  If so, please share your favorite recipe whether it’s one you make yourself, a friend or family member makes or one you get at a really good restaurant. I’d love to hear about it.

Next week:  Italian Style Polenta Casserole.  Hmmm…. should be interesting. Ted and I have rarely enjoyed Polenta but next weeks recipe DOES look good!

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  • At 2011.03.06 22:04, Bela said:

    It looks good but I am not a mac and cheese fan. Maybe because I haven’t tasted any good ones yet 😉

    • At 2011.03.06 23:54, Monet said:

      Oh my…I’m a huge mac and cheese fan, and this might become my new favorite recipe. I love how you can cut out a slice. Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a happy week. Your posts bring me joy…thank you for being you!

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        • At 2011.04.04 15:51, Liz said:

          Had to come over and check out your mac and cheese recipe…looks like a winner, too. I haven’t made one with eggs, but I have added sour cream. My kids and hubby still prefer Kraft!

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