City Hall Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 40 mins

From Chef Henry Archer Meer of the Manhatten restaurant, City Hall.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°; butter a 13x9 inch baking dish.
  2. Bring 6 quarts of salted water to boiling; add in the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, 9-10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine the cream, milk, cayenne, and nutmeg over medium-high heat; reduce by half (the author says about 15 minutes but I don’t know); once the mixture starts to simmer, stir to break the layer of foam so that it will not boil over.
  4. Lower heat to medium-low; add in the American and Monterey Jack cheeses; whisk until well blended.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the penne to the sauce; stir vigorously (taking care not to break the pasta); this will release starch and help thicken the sauce.
  7. Transfer mixture to the baking dish; combine the panko, parsley, and parmesan; sprinkle over the pasta.
  8. Bake 15 minutes or until bubbly and golden.


Most Helpful

Whoooooo, is this wonderful! Made a White sauce first from Half and Half, butter and flour...then followed the recipe to a "T"...Yummo!

Caroline Cooks August 24, 2007

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