Cello’s Smoky Pepper Fontina Mac and Cheese

Cello’s Smoky Pepper Fontina Mac and Cheese

Cello makes fabulous cheese and this Smoky Pepper Fontina Mac and Cheese is the perfect embodiment of everything they have to offer. The smoky flavors blend beautifully with the green onion and crispy cheese for a dish you’ll want to come back for seconds or even thirds.

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Every once in a while I have a mac and cheese idea that I can’t get out of my head. This is how we got Mac and Cheese Pasta Chips and Mac and cheese Cereal. I’ve purchased cheese crisps a few times at the store but if they’re just cooked cheese that feels easy enough to make at home. And crunchy cheese sounds like an amazing mac and cheese topping.

I set mine on top to eat like a cracker, but it would be amazing crushed up and sprinkled across the top so you can eat a little bit with each bite. It’s a beautiful enhancement to your Smoky Pepper Fontina Mac.

Smoky Pepper Fontina Mac

Cello’s Smoky Pepper Fontina Mac and Cheese

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Uncategorized
Servings 4 servings


  • 16 oz Pasta
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cup grated
  • 3/4 cup grated
  • salt to taste
  • chopped green onions

Parmesan Crisps

  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese


  • Prepare the pasta according to package directions.

Prepare the sauce

  • Pre heat your milk in the microwave for 45 seconds – just enough to take the chill out of it.
  • Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat and let it heat until it becomes foamy.
  • Mix in flour. Cook it for a minute while stirring constantly
  • Slowly add warmed milk to the butter mixture 1/4 cup at a time. Whisk it continually until combined. 
  • Once all of the milk is added, cook for a few minutes while whisking it. Do not let it boil. You will feel the sauce start to thicken. It’s ready for cheese when you rub a small amount between your fingers and it feels silky.
  • Remove from heat and stir in your cheese until it’s melted and mixed into the sauce.
  • Once the cheese is incorporated, use a cooked noodle to taste your sauce. If it doesn’t taste cheesy enough try adding a little salt to bring out the flavor.
  • Combine the pasta and sauce.

Parmesan Chips

  • Pre Heat a skillet on medium heat.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon grated parmesan onto the hot skillet.
  • Heat the parmesan until it starts to brown and flip using a spatula.
  • Remove the parmesan crisps from pan onto a paper towel lined plate.
  • Repeat with the remaining parmesan cheese

Plate your food

  • Plate the mac and cheese and top it with two parmesan crisps per person and chopped green onions.