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Pepato & Cheddar Stovetop Mac

Main Ingredient: Pasta

Yield: 6-8 servings

Photo and Recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.


  • 12 Ounce penne pasta
  • 1/2 Cup leeks (white part only) or white onion, julienned
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • 2 Cup (8 oz.) sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 Cup (about 3 oz.) pepato cheese, grated
  • 1/4 Cup chives, chopped
  • Salt to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions, or until al dente. Rinse with warm water, drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, sauté leeks or onions in olive oil for 1 minute, until limp. Add mushrooms and garlic and continue sautéing for 3 minutes until mushrooms are tender. Add cream and bring to simmer. Reduce heat and add cheeses, stirring constantly, just until melted. Add chives and pasta; stir well.
  3. Spoon into serving dish and, if desired, sprinkle with additional pepato cheese. Serve immediately.

Suggested Cheeses

Black Creek®  Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 2 Years)

Black Creek® offers award-winning premium Cheddar cheeses that are recognized for their rich and creamy taste. Each of the brands’ offerings is carefully selected to ensure you receive a consistently delicious cheese that’s perfect for snacking.

Black Creek®  Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 3 Years)

For over a century, farm fresh milk from the heart of America’s Dairyland has been finely crafted into classic, naturally-aged cheeses under the watchful eyes of certified Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers. Black Creek® Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese is made using these same time-honored traditions and carefully aged for three years to build a full, richly sharp flavor and delightfully crumbly texture.

Black Creek®  Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 9 Months)

Black Creek® Cheddar cheeses are made using old-world craftsmanship by Gregg Palubicki, a certified Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker. The result? The finest in premium Wisconsin Cheddar cheese with a dedication to quality you can taste.

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