Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

Yum! I love making this.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold running water. Drain well.
  3. Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons butter in a heavy 3-quart saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add the flour, and stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, being careful not to let the flour brown.
  5. Using a whisk, add the milk in a steady stream and cook, whisking constantly, until thick and smooth, 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  6. Add the salt, pepper, cayenne, and 2 cups of the cheese, and stir well. Add the noodles and stir well. Pour into the prepared dish.
  7. In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese with the bread crumbs and Essence. Sprinkle evenly over the macaroni and bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 25 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Most Helpful

This mac & cheese recipe is so good. Very rich tasting. I use a variety of cheeses (cheddar & Jarlesborg). I made my own essence (recipe on zaar). Easy to make too. Thanks for submitting. Enjoy my photo.

NewEnglandCook December 21, 2008

Best mac and cheese I ever made. Wonderful recipe! Made my own Jamaican essence. Family loved it

AmazingGraceofGod October 08, 2012

Great recipe. I didn't use the Emeril's Essence and sometime use different types of Cheesse. Like PeperJack.

Chief Tony June 11, 2009

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