Triple-Cheese Spirals


Kosher salt
12 ounces gemelli, cavatappi or other spiral-shaped pasta
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
1/2 cup whole milk
3/4 cup shredded yellow sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, chives and/or scallions


Bring a pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, mustard and cayenne and stir with a wooden spoon to make a paste. Cook, stirring, until the paste puffs slightly, about 1 minute. Whisk in both milks and 1/2 teaspoon salt and simmer, whisking occasionally, until slightly thickened and creamy, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the cheddar and jack cheeses and all but 2 tablespoons of the parmesan and whisk until melted; keep warm.

Combine the panko, herbs and/or scallions, 1 tablespoon butter and the remaining parmesan in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until the butter melts, about 1 minute; toss.

Drain the pasta, reserving about 1 cup cooking water, and return to the pot. Toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, then stir in the cheese sauce, adding the reserved cooking water if needed. Season with salt and top with the breadcrumb mixture.

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