Five-Cheese Mac with Crispy Pastrami Recipe

five cheese mac


  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Total: 45 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Cooking Method: Cooking
  • Recipe Cuisine: Fusion


  • 500gramselbow macaroni
  • 1medium-sizeonion
  • 1/3cupDairy Butter
  • 2clovesgarlic
  • 1/3cupall-purpose flour
  • 1/2cupchicken broth
  • 3cupsheavy whipping cream
  • 1teaspoonwhite pepper
  • 1/4teaspoonsalt
  • red chili flakes to taste
  • 170gramsGoat Gouda Cheese
  • 140gramsCheddar Cheese
  • 140gramsSwiss Cheese
  • 140gramsPepper Jack Cheese
  • 3/4cupParmesan Cheese
  • 1/2cuppanko breadcrumbs
  • 113gramskosher pastrami
  • 1tablespoonextra-virgin olive oil
  • 1teaspoonfresh thyme

If you are a fan of creamy and cheesy textures, this fancy Five-cheese Mac and Cheese is here for you! It is rich, irresistibly creamy, smooth, and cheesy. This ultimate classic-baked Mac and Cheese is a universal comfort food, and your family will love it.

This is a quick and very simple homemade recipe perfect for your special occasions. The cheesy and heavenly sauce makes this food unique. Goat Gouda and Pepper Jack Cheese pair perfectly for a flavorful texture in this insanely fully loaded tasty Macaroni and Cheese. It is a perfect meal to serve on holiday get-togethers, and it matches well with just about anything.


Step 1

For making a good Five-cheese Mac and Cheese, first, preheat the oven to 375ºF (190ºC).

Step 2

Boil the water with one tablespoon of salt and extra virgin olive oil. Add the elbow macaroni and cook it based on the package instruction or until al dente. You want it tender but firm to the bite. Then drain in the sink and set it aside.

Step 3

Heat the Dairy Butter in a saucepan, add the finely minced onion and cook it until soft and translucent. Then add the crushed garlic cloves and sauté until fragrant—Cook for 2 minutes.

Step 4

Stir in the flour until blended, gently pour the chicken broth, and constantly stir to dissolve the clumps. Add the heavy cream, salt, fresh thyme, red chili flakes, and pepper. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes. You want a thick and slick texture.

Step 5

After that, reduce the heat to medium-low, add the Goat Gouda Cheese, occasionally stir till it is melted. Gradually add in the Cheddar,  Parmesan, Pepper Jack, and Swiss Cheeses. Cook them until melted and soft, then remove from the heat.

Step 6

When the sauce is ready, stir in the boiled macaroni and give them a nice mix until everything is coated and all incorporated.

Step 7

Butter a baking dish on each side and transfer the Macaroni and Cheese mixture to it. Sprinkle with the panko breadcrumbs over it.

Step 8

Bake the delicious Mac and Cheese in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until lightly brown and golden.

Step 9

Meanwhile, chop the Pastrami …. into thin slices. Heat a nonstick skillet and cook them over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes until crispy and crunchy. Remove from the heat.

step 10

To serve, place it on a dinner plate, sprinkle it with the cooked kosher pastrami and pieces of cherry tomatoes. To complete this nourishing dish, you can side it with a Green Salad and Roasted Vegetables.

Cooking Notes

Roasted Chicken Breast is a magical combo for this flavorful Mac and Cheese. You can swap chicken broth with milk; this way, the sauce will taste creamier.


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