Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Good bye Kraft, Hello Alton Brown. After making this recipe the first time, I vowed never to make Kraft Mac and Cheese again. But Kraft is so easy, you say? I beg to differ. Last night I made this recipe while listening to my toddler talk non-stop about his cars, stopping to give the pacifier back to my screaming baby--repeatedly, pausing to add more wood to the fire and letting the dog out to do her business. On a unrelated note, I was sporting an awesome side ponytail the entire time. :)

1/2 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon powdered mustard
3 cups milk
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg
12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it's free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown


  1. Really? Is it really better than the Blue Box? While I know in my heart that Kraft may not be the best out there, it is cheap, easy, my kid likes it, and I can make it pretty quickly. I applaud you for making a new kind. Even when my mom would make homemade mac 'n cheese as a kid, I never liked it as much as Kraft.

  2. This looks divine!!!! I am so glad I found your blog through Amy White!!! I know we are friends through FB but didn't realize you had a food blog!!! I miss seeing you in WA.