Ruth's Diner - Gramma Claire's Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

Recipe courtesy Erik Nelson, chef and owner at Ruth's Diner in Salt Lake City, UT. Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook macaroni, drain do not rinse.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large saute pan, saute the onions in butter. Add the flour to make a roux and cook for 1 minute. Add the milk, bay leaves, paprika, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, stirring often. Mix the 2 cheeses together in a small bowl. Once the mixture is at a simmer, add 3 cups of cheese mixture and the cottage cheese. Stir well, remove from heat, and remove bay leaves from mixture. Add macaroni noodles to milk mixture, mix well.
  4. Pour 1/2 of macaroni mixture into a 2-quart baking dish, cover with 1/2 of the remaining grated cheese, add remaining macaroni mixture and cover with the remaining grated cheese mixture.
  5. In small bowl mix together the topping ingredients and top the macaroni.
  6. Place into the 350 degree oven and bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes.
Most Helpful

Good! I think th ecottag cheese was a turn off for my family/ I thought this would go quick but it didn't. I would reduce the onions and minced them. Love the topping. Made for Fall PAC 2012.

Ck2plz November 06, 2012

This is my go-to recipe for 'classic' mac & cheese. Great recipe soulcandybt!

Stormcloud March 29, 2011