Macaroni and Cheese from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

One of my favorite comfort foods made by Ina with cheddar and gruyere cheese and topped with fresh tomatoes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6-8 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don't boil it. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4 qt.) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minutes or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, cheddar, 1 tablespoons salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a 3 quart baking dish.
  4. Slice the tomatoes and arrange on top. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine butter with fresh breaf crumbs, and sprinkle on top. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and macaroni is browned on the top.


Most Helpful

Oh boy what joy! Comfort food like this is just plain decadent! I could not find Gruyere cheese at our store so I used the grated package mix of Swiss and Gruyere and a 2 cup package of extra sharp Cheddar. The nutmeg in this is the perfect touch. I served it with Recipe #82425 for the supreme mac and cheese and tomato soup combo.

DebS #2 December 18, 2008

This is a good white mac n cheese recipe. I made this after I saw Ina make it on her show. It looked scrumptious. Instead of gruyere I used swiss cheese. So Im sure if I use gruyere cheese next time it will make it even better. I do think this recipe needs a little more flavor. Next time I make it, I am going to add some finely chopped onion and fresh garlic. The tomatoes were just awesome over top! It sounds weird, but it gives it a nice touch! Next time Im also going to add some crumbled bacon and more shredded cheese over the top with the tomatoes. mmmmm what I did with this was put it in some medium sized ramekins and baked in the oven. So everyone would have their own little dish of it. I give this 4 stars as written, just because my taste buds say it needs more flavor. But if you doctor it up a bit, this could easily be a 5 star recipe!

*pink* September 12, 2008

Just finished it. This was a simple and extremely delicious meal. Followed every step and measurement, but eye balled the salt. The only thing I was missing was the nutmeg. Can't wait to try it again with it. Thanks!!!

kaliflower April 30, 2014

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