Alpler Macaroni and Cheese

  • prep time15 min
  • total time 55 min
  • serves 4 - 6

An award-winning Ontario cheese maker shares the deliciously gooey mac ’n’ cheese recipe he learned during his summer in the Swiss Alps.
Courtesy of Shep Ysselstein of Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, Woodstock, Ont. 

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Directions for: Alpler Macaroni and Cheese


1 cup (250 mL) macaroni

2 Tbsp (30 mL) butter

1 onion, sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 Tbsp (15 mL) flour

1 cup (250 mL) (approx.) milk

1 cup (250 mL) heavy cream

1 cup (250 mL) (approx) Handeck cheese (18-month cow’s milk Swiss alpine-style cheese)

2 cups (500 mL) (approx) Five Brothers cow’s milk cheese or Appenzeller cheese

pepper and nutmeg to taste


1. In pot of boiling water, cook macaroni; drain.

2. Add butter to large pan; fry onion and garlic until soft. Add flour (to thicken and bind mixture). Add milk and cream. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is warmed throughout and just beginning to bubble.

3. Add Handeck and half of the Five Brothers cheese, 1 small handful at a time, stirring constantly, until cheese is completely melted. Do not boil. Allow to slightly simmer; add pepper and nutmeg. If mixture is too thick, add more milk; if too thin, add more cheese. (You can never have too much cheese!)

4. In buttered baking dish, add half of the macaroni. Pour in half of the cheese mixture; sprinkle on remaining Five Brothers cheese. Add remaining half of macaroni; pour in remaining half of cheese mixture.

5. Bake, uncovered, in 400°F (200°C) oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.


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