Not Your Mom's Mac and Cheese Recipe -
Not Your Mom's Mac and Cheese  Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Not Your Mom's Mac and Cheese

Recipe by  

"Four cheeses make up this delicious macaroni and cheese that will not easily be forgotten. I use high quality cheese and I think it makes all the difference."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    55 mins


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the gemelli, and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink. Add olive oil, and toss pasta until coated; set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in the ground beef. Season with salt and black pepper. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease. Set aside.
  3. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Heat 3 tablespoons butter and the flour in a large skillet over low heat. Cook and stir until the butter is melted and the flour is incorporated, then slowly whisk in the milk. Stir in the fontina cheese, sharp Cheddar cheese, white Cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese; cook, whisking constantly, until cheese is melted and sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with paprika, nutmeg, garlic powder, cinnamon, and chili powder. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Stir in the pasta and beef, and transfer mixture to a large baking dish.
  5. Combine 2 tablespoons butter, bread crumbs, and the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Sprinkle mixture over the pasta in the baking dish.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly, about 12 minutes, then set the oven on broil. Broil until lightly browned, about 3 more minutes.
Kitchen-Friendly View

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 18, 2013

Loved it! Kinda silly to give a lower rating just because you didn't like the title. I didn't have fontina or white cheddar, so I just used some mozerella, mild cheddar, and a 4 cheese mexican blend. Turned out great! Will definitely make again. Thanks. :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 07, 2011

I gave it only three stars because of the name, mostly. It was a very good dish....but I wouldn't exactly call it Mac and Cheese. It's more of a ground beef casserole. So, if you're looking for a real, cheesy, comforting Mac and cheese either try another recipe or make more of the cheese part. As I said, it was very good...just don't make it expecting cheesy indulgence.


10 Ratings

Nov 17, 2012

delicious! i use the sauce in this recipe to make regular mac and cheese too.

Mar 29, 2013

Not sure if I should be reviewing my own recipe, but I just tried this with Johnsonville Italian Sausage instead of Hamburger and my family absolutely LOVED this. I made it for company and it was all gone and everyone raved about it! I suggest trying it with sausage at least once!!

Oct 07, 2013

Loved the flavor of the cheese sauce. I left out the ground beef. I have been searching for an Adult Mac and Cheese and this is it. I will add some cream next time to make it just a tad more creamy. I also added ground mustard. It's a keeper!!

Sep 28, 2014

Great recipe! This is one of those recipes you make and can then eat for the week. I've made this recipe a bunch of times now and have tried a few minor variations. First off, I always add veggies. I will just cook a bag of frozen veggies and add it when putting it all together. I enjoy adding some seasoning when cooking the ground beef (I've used a burger seasoning mix or just a small bit of paprika, garlic & chili powder. I also tried adding bacon to the breadcrumb topping and that was good, but not necessary.

Feb 25, 2014

Love it! I added broccoli to make it a little healthier. Just add raw broccoli to the cheese mixture before anything else.

Apr 24, 2013

Cheese sauces like this in general need quite a bit of salt to really make them stand out. I used galic salt instead of garlic powder and added some salt, but there really should be a suggested amount - most people when they read "salt to taste" will definitely under-salt a cheese sauce. Other than that, it was fantastic.


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 660 kcal
  • 33%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 53.9 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 115 mg
  • 38%
  • Fat
  • 34 g
  • 52%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 35 g
  • 70%
  • Sodium
  • 600 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More

About the Cook

Subscribe Today!

In Season

A Day To Remember
A Day To Remember

Memorial Day is a time to get together with friends and family for food, fun, and memories.

Potato Salad
Potato Salad

Nothing beats a big bowl of cool, creamy potato salad at your cookout.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Mom's Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This easy recipe yields creamy, gooey, delicious mac and cheese.

Baked Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

A buttery cracker topping and rich cheese sauce make it a family favorite.

Chef John's Lobster Mac and Cheese

Chef John's decadent dish of Lobster Mac and Cheese is WAY easier than it looks!

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States