Fanny Farmer's Macaroni and Cheese

Fanny Farmer's Macaroni and Cheese

9 reviews, 4.7 star(s). 90% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Pinch of dried mustard - optional


pinch Cayenne
2 cups Elbow Macaroni; dried
2 tblspoons Butter
2 tblspoons Flour
1 1/4 cups Milk; heated
Salt; to taste
Pepper; to taste
1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese; grated
1 1/2 cups Buttered Bread Crumbs; freshly made

Original recipe makes 4



1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

2. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.

3. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the paste cooks and bubbles a bit, but don't let it brown - about 2 minutes.

4. Add the hot milk, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring it to a boil.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat, and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more..

6. Stir in cup grated Cheddar cheese during the last 2 minutes of cooking, along with a pinch of cayenne pepper.

7. Remove from the heat

8. Butter a 1 -quart casserole.

9. Put the cooked macaroni into the casserole, pour the cheese sauce over it, and mix gently with a fork.

10. Sprinkle the grated cheese evenly over the top and spread the crumbs over the cheese.

11. Bake, uncovered, until the top is golden and the sauce is bubbling, about 30 minutes.

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Doubled recipe using whole box (16 oz) of macaroni. Delicious classic mac & cheese with the right amounts of butter, flour, milk and cheese. Sharp cheddar worked great. Definitely a keeper.
Lynn1775 2y ago

I just made this for supper and it was really good. I'll be adding this to my favorite list for sure. It went great with the meatballs we had as well.
susieq_64 2y ago

I accidentally added all the cheese to the sauce mix (turned out perfectly creamy just like I wanted) and opted not to add the bread crumbs but it was the best mac and cheese I've ever had!! Yummy!!!
tonirobbins2 3y ago

I've used this recipe for years and it is soooo good!!! I've never used cayenne in it tho.. might try that! I always use cracker barrel sharp cheddar cheese and it is worth the price because it makes it soooo good! I also add some garlic powder and Dijon mustard to the cheeses sauce (something I got from another recipe.) you can't go wrong with this recipe! It is sooo yummy!
Stormy222 4y ago

Very yummy! I also added more cheese than called for & a little more butter!
McKoneck 5y ago

The recipe needs at least double the cheese. Bread crumbs are a nice touch
crisnet 5y ago

A delicious dish.
Clondon84 6y ago

good, easy to follow recipe.
krulewich 9y ago

This is real "down home" cooking. Not fancy, just great food.
promfh 10y ago

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