Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese
Use a mixture of Gruyère and Cheddar cheeses for more complex flavors. Get the recipe:Macaroni and Cheese. Photo: Sang An
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 serves


  • 5 tablespoons butter, plus more for the baking dish

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 6 cups whole milk

  • 2 cups grated Gruyere (8 ounces)

  • 1 ½ cups grated Cheddar (6 ounces)

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Kosher salt


  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or some other shallow 3-quart baking dish.

  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

802 Calories
39g Fat
76g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 802
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 894mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Protein 37g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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