Five Cheeses Brown Butter Chili Mac and Cheese

I know that now’s the season for cookies, peppermint and gingerbread everything, but I just coouldn’t wait to share this recipe for you all. Granted, I could post it when Christmas is over, but let’s face, we’ll be all too busy eating lettuce and veggies as if it was our job.

So, for a second, forget about all those cookies you’re baking these days and join me as I enjoy another bowl of warm, creamy mac & cheese.



Five Cheeses Brown Butter Chili Mac & Cheese.

Sounds dangerously good, I know.

We can always hit the gym later, can we?



Guys, if you’re going to splurge on high-calorie, fatty, decandent food: do it the right way, please. These mac & cheese are the way to go. They’re so great that they’ll make you want to run that extra-mile over and over again. And so worthy!

Sorry that I sometimes forget that this is supposed to be a health food blog… at least I’ve got a recipe for healthy comfort food coming up on Wednesday! You’re going to adore that one, I hope. 



I knew I had to make mac & cheese as soon as I saw this recipe at Half-Baked Harvest. What a genius idea to add brie, it makes such a creamy dreamy sauce. So good that you’ll want to pour it on everything! 



So I went to my fridge and checked if I had brie. I did, luckily.  Though I would have been able to run to the store in my pyjamas just to buy some of that stuff, because I wanted to make mac & cheese so so badly! Then I saw I had at least seven (!!!) different kind of cheeses sitting on the fridge… I might or might now have an unhealthy obsession with them, oh well. But I though that adding seven kind of cheeses to pasta would be too much, even for  me. 



Brie + Edam + Goat Cheese + Provolone + Mozzarella = cheesy heaven.

And don’t even get me started on the sauce. It’s brown butter sauce!! Come on, you need that in your life. Cheesy, brown-buttery sauce with an amazing spicy kick from the chili.

Oh. So. Good.

And then carb-y macaroni. Topped with garlic-oregano croutons and mozzarella broiled to crispy perfection.



I want to cry because there’s no leftovers.

I’m actually crying, oh well.

You guys go to the store and buy as much cheese as you can fit into your fridge or else you’ll find yourselves crying soon because these mac & cheese aren’t part of your lifes. You’re warned.


Five Cheeses Brown Butter Chili Mac & Cheese
Serves 8
Macaroni in a creamy cheesy spicy sauce topped with oregano-garlic croutons and mozzarella broiled to crispy perfection.
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  1. 400 grams uncooked elbow macaroni
For the sauce
  1. 600 ml. half-skim milk
  2. 35 grams butter
  3. 35 grams flour
  4. salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste
  5. 1/8-1/4 tsp chili flakes (depends on how much heat you can handle!)
  6. 60 grams provolone
  7. 40 grams goat cheese
  8. 50 grams edam cheese
  9. 50 grams brie cheese
For the topping
  1. 60 grams day-old bread
  2. garlic powder (to taste)
  3. dried oregano (to taste)
  4. a drizzle of olive oil
  5. 100 grams mozzarella cheese
  1. Cook pasta al dente, it will continue cooking in the oven.
  2. To make the sauce, melt butter in a sauce pan. Heat until it gets brown, but don't stop stirring. Remove pan from heat and dump flour at once. Whisk vigorously to remove lumps.
  3. Bring pan back to the heat and all milk. Heat on medium until sauce thickens. Don't forget to stir it often or it'll burn! Add salt, nutmeg and pepper.
  4. Add edam, goat cheese, provolone and brie and stir to melt them.
  5. Add cooked macaroni and chili and stir to cover them in sauce.
  6. Pour into a baking dish.
  7. For the topping, toast breadcrumbs and toss them with some olive oil, garlic and oregano. Top pasta with them.
  8. Put shredded mozzarella on top and bake at 200ΒΊC for 20-25 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and topping is golden.
  9. Enjoy!
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Happy Monday!



  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven December 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    You brilliantly managed to take mac and cheese up a notch! For the record, you will forever be associated with browned butter in my mind πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Will I?? That’s superb, thanks!! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Joanne December 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Ooooohhhh myyyy. My week is not going to be complete if I can’t have this!!

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Aww thank you! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Johlene December 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Oh my oh my oh my! This looks YUMMY!!! Have a good week!! Xx

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you Johlene! You too have a lovely week! xo

  • Reply Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour December 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Oh my goodness, 4 different cheeses plus brown butter?! I need this in my life!

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      You surely do, thanks Meghan! πŸ™‚

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments December 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    What cheesy goodness! The browned butter has to put this dish over the top — this would be a favorite in my house!

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      It does indeed πŸ˜‰ Thanks!

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes December 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    you can pretty much say “five cheese” anything and you’ll have my attention, but then follow it up with brown butter, the chili, then macaroni?! girrrl it’s like you’ve read my mind, this rocks!! awesome pics.

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you so much Christine! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life December 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Mac and cheese is always my splurge choice. And then you throw chili and browned butter in the mix and I am hooked! All that cheesy goodness is making my head spin! How can I crave this at 10 in the morning? I have to be careful visiting your blog Consuelo!

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      I always crave this stuff, no matter what time it is haha πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

  • Reply Ashley December 9, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Whoa, now this is one decadent mac and cheese! It looks so good! I think we can all definitely splurge now and then on things like this!! I know I sure do : )

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you so much Ashley! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} December 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    This looks so good Consuelo. And of course there’s brown butter in it – it is you who made it after all πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      I’m a sucker for brown butter, aren’t I? πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

  • Reply Kelly December 9, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Wow, this looks incredible Consuelo! I can’t believe how much cheesy goodness is packed in here along with brown butter – this is one delightfully decadent mac & cheese! There would be no leftovers if this was served in our house either πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you so much Kelly! You’re the sweetest πŸ˜€

  • Reply Carmel Moments December 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Yes, this does look dangerously good. I have a few men in my life (my hubby and sons) that would devour this dish. I’ll have to try!

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you! I hope you all love it πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Cheese heaven right here!!! Love it!!

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks Ashley! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate December 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    The only thing I would add to this is a touch of blue cheese. Otherwise, it looks amazingly gooey and delicious!

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      It’d be lovely that way as well, but my brothers loathe it haha πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen December 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I’m not surprised there are no leftovers! Looks so yummy! I don’t think I’ve ever had mac and cheese with brie. Sounds amazing!

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Ohh you have to try it then! Thanks πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Cindy December 10, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Oh, some warm Chili Mac and Cheese would be perfect on this chilly day. Looks delicious and I love the very sophisticated variety of cheeses used here. I’m pinning!!

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you very much, Cindy! x

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor December 10, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Woah! Did you say brown butter and mac & cheese? There is always time for the gym later…

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Of course, there is πŸ˜‰ Thanks!

  • Reply Erin (@LawStudentsWife) December 10, 2013 at 1:42 am

    I madly respect the stash of cheeses in your fridge! This mac is SO worth the extra mile, and it’s so cold here, I could use a little extra stick-to-my-ribs comfort food anyway!

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you so much Erin! It’s so cold here as well…

  • Reply Monica December 10, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Oh wow – this is doing it ‘right’ for sure! I can just picture all the flavors and textures in this mac & cheese. I would definitely make room for this beside all the cookies I’m eating.

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      So would I! Thanks, Monica πŸ˜€

  • Reply blahnikbaker December 10, 2013 at 3:06 am

    It’s freezing here and mac and cheese is just the comforting warm dinner that I wish I was having. And girl you are right, there is everything to love about this dish!! Definitely worth it.

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you Zainab! :–)

  • Reply Amy @ Long Drive Journey December 10, 2013 at 3:24 am

    I LOVE mac and cheese, and I totally agree that it is the best splurge ever. Always.

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks Amy! x

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen December 10, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Oh my gosh!!!!!! Comfort food on steroids! This looks crazy good! πŸ™‚ I laughed at this comment in your post –>if you’re going to splurge on high-calorie, fatty, decandent food: do it the right way, please. No doubt! This is definitely comfort food. And I need it right now!!!! Augh! Did I tell you it’s 12 degrees here? Yes! I most definitely need this in my belly right now!

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Comfort food on steroids?? That’s just what this stuff taste like lol.
      Thank you Kristi and have a nice day!! xo

  • Reply Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron December 10, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Wow all that cheese in your fridge?! ahaha Love it! And this mac and cheese looks heavenly!

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks Ruby! x

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon December 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

    This looks like the most comforting pasta dish ever! I could do with some of that right now! Yum πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks dear! x

  • Reply Anne ~ Uni Homemaker December 10, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Dangerous indeed! I love the cheese combination you used here Consuelo! And brown butter is always a good thing in my book. πŸ™‚ Lovely recipe, my friend. Have a great week!

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks Anne, you too have a great week! x

  • Reply holly ; the hobbit kitchen December 10, 2013 at 11:22 am

    five?! cheese?! brown?! butter?! consuelo, my goodness, what are you DOING to me?! it’s only 10am over here and i’m already dreaming of having this for dinner. your photography is beautiful as well – this just looks mouthwatering! so impressed!
    the hobbit kitchen x

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      I crave this all the time actually haha! Awwh thank you so much, Holly! xo

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner December 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Indulgence in moderation. πŸ˜‰ I’m drooling over the ooey gooey cheeses here! Mac and cheese is an old but goodie and I’m loving the cheeses you used. Yum yum. πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you Tina πŸ˜€

  • Reply Shikha @ Shikha la mode December 10, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    You had me at brown butter. And chili. And mac and cheese. Need it.

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks girl! x

  • Reply Kammie @ Sensual Appeal December 10, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I think I melted… just a little.

    Okay a lot. HOLY moly. This mac & cheese…. *droollssssss uncontrollably*

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      hahaha thank you so much, Kammie! x

  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment December 11, 2013 at 1:33 am

    I’m with you, Consuelo, forget health food for now- give me cheese and carbs! I’ll worry about it in January πŸ˜‰ This looks so tempting.

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      hehe Thank you, Allie! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 11, 2013 at 5:30 am

    You pretty much just blew my mac and cheese loving mind. Brown butter and five cheese? Life is perfect!

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      It is! Thank you Pamela πŸ˜€

  • Reply danguole December 11, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Ohmahgah. If there’s one food group I love above all, it’s cheese! You are so right. This is the way to indulge!

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      It’s one of my favorites too! Thanks, girl! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jamie@Milk N Cookies December 11, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I completely agree with you — If I’m going to eat something indulgent, I want it to be REALLY indulgent and worthwhile. I love the combination of cheeses you used in this recipe. Perfectly melty and gooey, but with a lot of flavor. I think I’d give up eating cookies for an entire week if I could just dig into a big bowl of this mac and cheese : )

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      So would I, hahaha. Thanks Jamie, I’m so happy you like it! xo

  • Reply Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes December 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I think we are mac and cheese twins because I just posted mac & cheese this morning. This five cheese yummy, spicy, gooey cheese goodness…and all I had for breakfast was cereal!! Argh! Looks so darn good!

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Did you?? Oooh I can’t wait to see your recipe, I’ms ure it tastes delish! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  • Reply Julie @ This Gal Cooks December 12, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I love cookies and sweets but I will take a savory dish over sweets any day, especially when that savory dish is mac n cheese! I love the brown butter sauce and the five cheeses in your mac n cheese, Consuelo. Pinned!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you so much Julie! ;–)

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl December 13, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Another gorgeous recipe from the Brown Butter Queen!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      haha thank you! πŸ˜‰

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