Mac and Cheese

April 12, 2011

There is nothing out there like a good, homemade, mac and cheese. In February, for my son’s first birthday, I wanted to find a good recipe. I tried Alton Brown’s Mac and Cheese recipe and let me tell you, there is no need to look any further. This is it. The recipe of all Mac and Cheese recipes. If you are in the need for some comfort food, look no further. Make this. You won’t regret it. It is very easy to make (okay, not as easy as Kraft, but 100% better).

Tonight, we will be having this delightful dish again. I just put it all together and can’t wait to eat it.

Anyway, here is it, directly from Alton Brown. No changes necessary.


  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1

    large egg

  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.


2 Responses to “Mac and Cheese”

  1. Love the crunchy top. Totally makes it.

  2. […] among my favorite foods you will find buttered noodles, grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, and pizza. What can I say? I’m a big […]

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