Linda's Macaroni and Cheese

Linda's Macaroni and Cheese

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"Creamy, baked mac n cheese with a crust of cheese on top. This was a combination of tips and ingredients from a few other recipes, including Martha's and Chef John's."
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6 servings yields 1 1/2 qt dish
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish; set aside.
  2. Heat milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat (or in a microwave safe, large measure on 50 power for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally).
  3. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat. When butter bubbles, add flour. Cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  4. Slowly pour hot milk into flour-butter mixture while whisking. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dijon mustard, Worcestershire, 1 1/2 cups cheddar, and 3/4 cup Gruyere/Havarti. When cheese is incorporated, set cheese sauce aside.
  6. Fill a large saucepan with water. Bring to a boil. Add macaroni; cook 2 to 3 fewer minutes than manufacturer's directions, until outside of pasta is cooked and inside is underdone. Transfer the macaroni to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and drain well. Stir macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce.
  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake until browned on top, about 20-30 minutes. If desired, broil for a few minutes at the end for more browning. Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes; serve.


Really really really good. I doubled the recipe since it was our main dish and added some diced ham. Super creamy and spot on in flavor for what you want out of a nice creamy homemade mac and ch...

Family loved this recipe and have already requested it again. I used old cheddar as there is no sharp where I live. Also chose Havarti as this is what I had in the house. Will be making again...