A clattering clique of medium-sized pasta shells shacked up with an autumnal fruit and cheese board, and shortly after, this mac and cheese recipe was born.
The cheese sauce here is made by swirling rich and creamy Brie and nutty Gruyère into a white sauce infused with onion, paprika, cayenne, nutmeg and allspice. Cooked shells join the mix along with smoky bacon and tart green apple. The mac and cheese is finished with a scattering of toasted walnuts, chopped apple and grated Parmesan cheese. Each bite is wonderfully rich with fun pops of flavor from all the mix-ins. And seriously, Brie needs to be in more mac and cheese recipes. It melts up like a dream and adds some really tasty depth of flavor. This Walnut-Crusted Mac and Cheese recipe would be perfect for a weeknight meal (you can prep everything up to 1 day in advance) paired with a light side salad or as a unique, new side dish for Thanksgiving. Continue reading for the recipe.