A plate of Irish Cheddar Mac and Cheese on a pink napkin in front of a green casserole dish.
Irish Cheddar Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
If you love Macaroni and Cheese and are looking for a way to dress it up, this Irish Cheddar Mac and Cheese will do the trick! Using sharp and flavorful Irish Cheddar, along with some corned beef and cabbage, this is the perfect dish to serve on St. Patrick's Day or any day of the year!
Course: Entrées, Side Dishes
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Beef, Pasta, Holiday Favorites, One Pot Meal, cabbage, corned beef, St. Patrick's Day Recipes
Servings: 8
Calories: 719 kcal
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces cavatappi or elbow pasta
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter divided
  • 4 cups cabbage diced
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 3 cups whole milk room temperature
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 cups grated Irish aged Cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups diced corned beef about ¾ pound
  • 1 cup coarse breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 2 scallions chopped
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until it is al dente, according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and set it aside (no need to rinse).
  3. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan. Add the cabbage and sauté for 2 minutes, until it starts to soften. Add the flour and mustard powder and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the room temperature milk. Stirring regularly, bring the sauce to a boil. Once it has boiled and thickened, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the Monterey Jack cheese and 3 cups of the Irish Cheddar cheese. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta and the cheese sauce. Stir in the diced corned beef and transfer everything to a 9-inch by 13-inch casserole or baking dish.
  5. Combine the remaining cup of Irish cheddar cheese, the melted butter and the breadcrumbs in a small bowl and sprinkle the mixture on top of the pasta. Transfer the casserole dish to the oven and bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes.
  6. Top with chopped scallions and serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Irish Cheddar Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 719 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 23g115%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 1382mg58%
Potassium 513mg15%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 1105IU22%
Vitamin C 25.2mg31%
Calcium 672mg67%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.