The Ultimate Mac and Cheese

The Ultimate Mac and Cheese
Staff Writer


I call this the ultimate because of the sauce — it's perfectly smooth and creamy, just the way I like it. If you prefer a less smooth cheese or a different flavor profile, feel free to substitute your favorite cheeses in. Just remember what Laura Werlin says when it comes to cheese: an infinite number of cheeses can go into your mac and cheese, but what matters is the results you're looking for. Choose the cheeses that will give you those results. 


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Add the cooked pasta to a greased 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. 

In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the stick of butter over low heat. When the butter is melted, slowly whisk in the flour and whisk well until its evenly incorporated into the butter. Let the roux cook, while whisking, over low heat, until a buttery-baked smell permeates and the roux starts bubbling all over the surface. Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly, and then increase the heat to medium. Season the bechamel with salt and pepper to taste, and then add the nutmeg. Let the sauce cook over high heat until boiling, and then remove from heat and add the cheeses (except the Parmesan). Stir well so that they're all completely melted. 

Pour the sauce over the pasta in the baking dish and, using tongs or a spoon, toss well so that each piece of pasta is coated well with the sauce. In a small bowl, melt the tablespoon of butter and add the breadcrumbs. Stir well, and then add the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the breacrumb mixture evenly on top. Bake the mac and cheese in the oven until bubbling and golden brown on top, about 30-45 minutes.


Calories per serving:

976 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 60g 92%
  • Carbs 61g 20%
  • Saturated 36g 178%
  • Fiber 2g 9%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 9g
  • Monounsaturated 16g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 48g 96%
  • Cholesterol 190mg 63%
  • Sodium 1,101mg 46%
  • Calcium 1,096mg 110%
  • Magnesium 78mg 19%
  • Potassium 407mg 12%
  • Iron 2mg 10%
  • Zinc 6mg 41%
  • Phosphorus 819mg 117%
  • Vitamin A 508µg 56%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 19%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 40%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 11%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 12%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 53µg 13%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 42%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin K 5µg 7%
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