Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Best Ever Mac & Cheese

This is the adult version of my childhood favorite! I got this from a friend when I was living in Reno. It is great comfort food for cold Alaskan nights!

Serves 6


  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3-3/4 cups hot milk
  • 4 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1lb macaroni noodles cooked
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt 6 tbsp of butter in medium sauce pan over low heat.
  3. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes. You may have to turn up the heat. The flour mixture must foam as it cooks or the sauce will have a raw flour taste.
  4. Stir in cayenne and season to taste with salt & pepper.
  5. Whisk in hot milk, ½ cup at a time and cook, stirring until sauce thickens.
  6. Reduce heat to low and stir in 2 cups of cheese, stirring constantly until cheese melts, about 2 minutes.
  7. Combine cooked pasta and sauce in large bowl.
  8. Sprinkle ½ cup of cheese over the bottom of a buttered 8x11 baking dish. Place a third of the pasta in the dish and top with ½ cup of cheese. Then repeat, layering pasta & cheese and ending with cheese. You should get about 3 layers.
  9. Pour cream over assembled mac & cheese.
  10. Melt remaining butter (2tbsp) in skillet, add bread crumbs. Stirring to coat.
  11. Sprinkle bread crumbs over mac & cheese.
  12. Bake until crust is golden, about 30 minutes. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving.
  13. Enjoy!

1 comment:

David, Jenn, and Abby said...

When did you start this blog? I only just discovered it today!! Mmm Now i'm hungry..