Em's Mac n' Cheese Recipe

Em's Mac n' Cheese Recipe

Ready in 45 minutes
8 review(s) averaging 4.7. 100% would make again

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"After having such a huge craving for mac and cheese i finally made this dish an it was fantastic!! Will definitely keep it under my favourites! A must try!!"


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6 tablespoons Unsalted butter
1/2 pound elbow macaroni
6 tablespoons All-purpose flour
3 cups Whole Milk
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper; ground
1 pinch cayenne
2 1/2 cups Cheddar; (about 6 ounces) grated
1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Essence; recipe follows

Original recipe makes 6



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter and set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold running water. Drain well.

Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons butter in a heavy 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, and stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, being careful not to let the flour brown. Using a whisk, add the milk in a steady stream and cook, whisking constantly, until thick and smooth, 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the salt, pepper, cayenne, and 2 cups of the cheese, and stir well. Add the noodles and stir well. Pour into the prepared dish.

In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese with the bread crumbs and Essence. Sprinkle evenly over the macaroni and bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup


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I didn't use the Essence in the recipe and it turned out great. I used the ritz crackers and butter for the topping instead of the breadcrumbs.
Kmcgraw09 2 years ago

After having such a huge craving for mac and cheese i finally made this dish an it was fantastic!! Will definitely keep it under my favourites! A must try!!
alex8899 2 years ago

My first homemade mac & cheese. My husband had 3 helpings. Perfect blend of spices.
ramonau 5 years ago

jypsie1888 9 years ago

I used a ziti pasta and added more spice.It was excellent!
princessfiona 9 years ago

I have my own version of Cajun Spice mix but this recipe works well.
promfh 9 years ago

WOW it tasted great. Family loved it.
ChefAvritt 9 years ago

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ChefAvritt 9 years ago

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