Macaroni and Cheese for Grownups

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is a sophisticated version for those who appreciate the cheesy goodness without the processed powdered cheese flavor. You can use macaroni or another small pasta like shells or spirals.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt the butter in a heavy skillet.
  2. Add the onion and saute on medium heat until softened and mostly cooked-about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for one more minute-be careful not to brown the garlic.
  4. Whisk the flour in.
  5. Cook while stirring for three minutes.
  6. Uncooked flour tastes bad!
  7. Whisk in the milk.
  8. Continue to stir until the mixture barely begins to boil.
  9. It should be a little bubbly and beginning to thicken.
  10. Add the vinegar while whisking-if the milk is hot it won't curdle and the vinegar brightens up the sauce.
  11. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  12. If you don't want black flecks use white pepper instead.
  13. Add a dash of Tobasco.
  14. Taste then add more if you like.
  15. Stir in the pepperoncinis or jalapenos.
  16. You need to experiment-make this a few times and decide exactly how much of which pepper you like.
  17. Stir in your favorite cheeses.
  18. I like to combine sharp cheddar with a little crumbled bleu.
  19. Swiss is good for flavor but not texture so blend with something creamy like Fontina.
  20. Monterey Jack is very creamy but without a lot of flavor so add something sharp and flavorful.
  21. Pour the macaroni into a large baking pan.
  22. Pour the sauce over and gently mix.
  23. Sprinkle the parmesan and bread crumbs on top.
  24. Bake at 350 degrees until browned on top-about 25 minutes or so.
  25. Let sit for 10 minutes then serve.
  26. You may never even consider boxed mac-n-cheese again.


Most Helpful

What a great recipe! I used a bunch of little cheese pieces up. I also used up a bunch of pasta that had just a little bit left. It did have way too many breadcrumbs on top, but that is easily fixed. Very yummy, and different every time. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Moon August 05, 2008

Thanks for a great mac and cheese recipe, lots of flavour. The only thing different I did was to place slices of salami on top of the mac before I put the parmesan and breadcrumbs on.

j.a.c.k. December 27, 2006

We loved this recipe which I picked to use up lots of bits and pieces of cheese. I ended up using mostly Monterey Jack and smoked mozzarella cheese for scrumptous mac n' cheese. I must admit that we left out the onion, garlic, tabasco and pickled peppers though. A really great change from our traditional. Thanks for sharing this keeper!

ellie_ December 12, 2006

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