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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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (165g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6|
|Calories from Fat: 292 (50%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 32.4g||43 %|
|Saturated Fat 19.8g||99 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 8.7g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.7g|
|Cholesterol 91.3mg||28 %|
|Sodium 593.9mg||20 %|
|Potassium 244.9mg||6 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 49.9g||15 %|
|Dietary Fiber 2.5g||10 %|
|Sugars, other 47.4g|
|Protein 23.1g||33 %|
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Kmcgraw09I 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.3y ago
alex8899After 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!!3y ago
ramonauMy first homemade mac & cheese. My husband had 3 helpings. Perfect blend of spices.6y ago
princessfionaI used a ziti pasta and added more spice.It was excellent!10y ago
promfhI have my own version of Cajun Spice mix but this recipe works well.10y ago
ChefAvrittWOW it tasted great. Family loved it.10y ago
ChefAvritt[I posted this recipe.]10y ago