Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Good Eats || My Favourite Mac and Cheese Recipe

Can you smell it from there? Deeelicious!


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 3 cups white cheddar cheese, shredded and divided (2c for sauce, 1c for topping)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (more if you like it feisty!)
  • Salt
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked to al dente (with a little bite to it)
Serves 4


Heat oven to 350º.

Heat a medium, deep skillet over medium heat. Add butter and let it melt. In small batches, whisk in flour to combine. Gently cook, whisking constantly, until it's smooth and flour has had a chance to cook (about three minutes).

Slowly add half and half while continuing to whisk. Gently bring milk to a bubble while stirring frequently. Allow the milk to thicken a bit, then stir in two cups of shredded cheddar cheese a handful at a time.

Season sauce with nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Taste and add a little salt, if you like. Combine cheese and pasta and coat completely by turning the pasta over and over in the cheese sauce.

Transfer to a baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Place baking dish in oven and brown the cheddar cheese on top. Check at 15 minutes.


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