Martha's Mac & Cheese

It snowed here yesterday.  It was just magical... now you are either in Texas and are aware of this or you have been snowed on for quite some time now and it's no big deal.  Well, let me tell you, it's a big deal here.  Actual white flakes falling to the ground for hours actually breaks some kind of record around here.  Special days call for special dishes and let me tell you this Martha Stewart's macaroni and cheese is special... or let's just say absolutely scrumptious.  It's the kind of mac that you save for a holiday... partly because its takes a little extra time and makes a huge amount and partly because you can't stop yourself from eating a large amount at a time, which if you do too often, will most likely result in you being... hmm... large).  Well, the stars seemed to align yesterday (got off work two hours early and remember, it was a very special day... almost a holiday as far as I'm concerned) and this was the exact kind of stick to your ribs dish I was in the mood to make.  Let me just tell you if you are even half the macaroni and cheese fan that I am, you will go crazy for this.  This recipe makes a ton of mac so even with halving the recipe, we still had leftovers.  If you are making it for a big crowd, here is the exact full recipe.
From my little kitchen to yours... Enjoy.








Martha's Macaroni & Cheese
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Recipe Notes
The original recipe calls for gruyere cheese.  I happened to have fontina on hand so I decided to substitute.  I also read that others have substituted swiss, but cannot promise the results on that one. Both fontina and gruyere are on the expensive side, which is also why this is not an everyday dish, but definitely worth the splurge.  On the milk, I used reduced fat 2%... because that is what I had, not because I was trying to trick myself into thinking I was saving any calories.
4 tablespoon (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for the dish
3 slices good white bread, crusts removed, torn into 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch pieces
2 3/4 cups of milk
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
2 1/2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese (about 10 ounces)
1 cup fontina cheese (see recipe notes above about cheese type)
1/2 pound elbow macaroni
Step by Step
Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Butter a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish; set aside.  Place bread pieces in a medium bowl.  In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Pour butter into bowl with bread and toss to coat.  Set aside.

Return pan to medium heat (no need to clean it out from the butter that is left) and heat the milk in it.

In a high sided skillet, melt remaining 3 tablespoons of butter.  When butter melts, add flour and whisk for 1 minute.

While whisking, slowly pour milk into flour mixture.  Continue cooking and whisking until the mixture  bubbles and becomes thick.

Remove pan from heat.  Stir in salt, nutmeg, black pepper,  cayenne pepper, 2 cups of cheddar cheese, and 3/4 cup of fontina cheese; set cheese sauce aside.

Cook macaroni according to directions on package but undercook 2 to 3 minutes. The macaroni should be done on the outside and undercooked on the inside.  Drain pasta and rinse under cold water in a colander; drain well.   Stir macaroni into the cheese sauce.

Pour mixture into prepared dish.  Sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese and fontina cheese on top.  Sprinkle bread crumbs on top of cheese.

Bake until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes.  Transfer dish on a wired rack and cool for 5 minutes.  Serve hot.


  1. yum... that's all I can say!

  2. This looks so good! I have to make this. Is there a difference if I use regular sharp cheddar and not the white sharp cheddar?

  3. Sara, the first time I made this, I did not use white cheddar and it worked just as well. So if you can't find white cheddar, I would say go for the yellow.

  4. Is there a difference if I use regular sharp cheddar and not the white sharp cheddar?

    Work from home India

  5. This is so good! The perfect meal to make when we are snowed in. Thanks for sharing... my family loved it.

  6. oooh yum!!!! looks divine! ooey gooey and delicious!

  7. Oh, so delicious! Finished the leftovers tonight- still delicious!