Macaroni & Cheese (by Martha Stewart)


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Good white bread and Gruyere cheese are the secrets of this dish.

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6 servings


  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 6 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 5 C. milk
  • 1 C. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 C. grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 2 C. grated Gruyere cheese or 1 C. grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni

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Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 3-qt. casserole dish; set aside. Place bread in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 Tbs. butter. Pour butter into the bowl with bread, and toss. Set bread crumbs aside. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, heat milk. Melt remaining 6 Tbs. butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat. When butter bubbles, add flour. Cook, whisking, 1 minute. While whisking, slowly pour in hot milk. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick.

Remove pan from heat. Stir in salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, 3 C. cheddar cheese, and 1 1/2 C. Gruyhre or 1 C. Pecorino Romano; set cheese sauce aside. Fill a large saucepan with water; bring to a boil. Add macaroni; cook 2 to 3 minutes less than manufacturer's directions, until the outside of pasta is cooked and the inside is underdone. (Different brands of macaroni cook at different rates; be sure to read the instructions.)

Transfer macaroni to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and drain well. Stir macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce. Pour mixture into prepared dish. Sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 C. cheddar cheese, 1/2 C. Gruyere or 1/4 C. Pecorino Romano, and bread crumbs over top. Bake until browned on top, about 30 minutes. Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool 5 minutes; serve hot.

Yield: 12 servings

Reviews (3)

  • This recipe is wonderful, my daughter made it a few years ago. I just went onto Martha's site though & got the Nutrition Facts: is '765' CALORIES a serving & '304' CALORIES are from FAT...Cholesterol is '95' mg! Eat this sparingly & not all the time even tho it is WONDERFUL!!!!!

    Flag as inappropriate LINNEAAAA  |  September 9, 2009

  • not a bad recipe. liked the extra entertainment.

    Flag as inappropriate snoopdog  |  July 21, 2009

  • this is the best !!

    Flag as inappropriate scat867  |  March 2, 2008

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