try this: macaroni and cheese

I know this isn’t the healthiest option out there, but every now and then, I get a hankerin’ for some good ole’ fashioned comfort food. And so, last Thursday, while Luke grilled up my favorite burgers ever {yes, grilled. they were delicious.} I tried my hand at this mac’ and cheese recipe from Real Simple.

Holy Cheesy Goodness Batman!

Give it a try:


  • 5 tablespoons butter, plus more for the baking dish
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere (8 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar (6 ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Directions

  • Heat oven to 400° F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or some other shallow 3-quart baking dish.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • Wipe out the past pot and melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes (do not let it darken). Still stirring, slowly add the milk. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce slightly thickens, 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Add the Gruyère, Cheddar, cayenne, and 1½ teaspoon salt and cook just until the cheeses melt. Mix in the pasta. Transfer the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish and bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Yum. Do yourself a favor and ignore the nutritional facts. Just this once.


    1 Response to “try this: macaroni and cheese”

    1. 1 lifelemons March 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      Leslie and I were just talking about Mac & Cheese recipes the other day! I’ll have to try this one!

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