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Monday, May 3, 2010

Martha Stewart Macaroni and Cheese by Amy

1 pound short pasta, such as cavatappi or macaroni
6 Tbs. butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk or half and half (that's what I use)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
3 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
3 cups very coarse fresh breadcrumbs

1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water 1 to 2 minutes less than package instructions. Drain, rinse with cool water, and return to pot.
2. Meanwhile, heat 4 Tbs butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour; cook, whisking, 1 minute. Add milk, cayenne, nutmeg, and 2 tsp salt; bring to a simmer. Cook, whisking, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk in cheeses until smooth. Pour over pasta; toss to coat.
3. Melt remaining 2 Tbs butter; toss with breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over pasta.
4. Preheat over to 375 degrees. Cover with foil. Bake until bubbling, 40-45 minutes.

Freezer Preparation:
1. Divide macaroni mixture into baking dishes ( 2 - 8x8 pans).
2. Cover with breadcrumbs.
3. Cover with plastic wrap and foil. Freeze up to 3 months.

Freezer to Oven:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place frozen dishes on a baking sheet; remove plastic. Cover with foil. Bake until bubbling, 60 to 70 minutes for large dishes, 40 to 50 minutes for small dishes. Remove foil; continue baking until golden, 5 to 10 minutes more.


  1. Amy, WELCOME to Freezer Friendz!! Your recipes have really won over our family! So glad you are in our FF group. YUMMY. That is one of the best mac and cheese dishes I have ever had. Thank you so much for the deliciousness. - Jen

  2. I LOVE your Blog! My friend and I decided we wanted to try once a month cooking, and we googled it, and found you guys. Your recipes are great, easy, and sensible. We cooked 3 meals today to try it out, and now we're hooked. Thanks for sharing your ideas and recipes. I am definitely referring my friends and family to your blog. -- a very happy cook

  3. Thanks for the compliment! We are glad that you are here! We love finding out that our site is helping to make dinner time easier for other women too. :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. This sounds really delicious. I found your blog by chance and planned just to say hello. I started reading your earlier posts and stayed far longer than I intended. I really like your recipes. I'll be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  5. I hope one of you can help me! I want to make the Lemonade chicken for my next swap but I wasn't sure about the 'thawed Lemonade'. Is that thawed Lemonade concentrate or actual lemonade to drink?

  6. Mary - We're glad you found us! Wishing you many stress-free dinner hours. :)

    The Baroness - It is concentrate. Enjoy!

  7. We took this to a family reunion and it was gobbled up! Good recipe for mac-n-cheese. Thanks!