Art Smith's Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe by AmyZoe




  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat.
  • Add the penne and cook until al dente. Drain well.
  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a deep 4-quart casserole.
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the flour.
  • Gradually whisk in the milk.
  • Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup of the cheddar cheese and 1 cup of the American cheese.
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper, and hot sauce.
  • Combine the remaining cheddar and American cheeses.
  • Spread one third of the penne over the bottom of the casserole dish.
  • Top with half of the shredded cheese and a third of the sauce.
  • Repeat, using another third of the penne with the remaining cheese and half the sauce.
  • Finish with the remaining penne and sauce. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.
  • Bake until bubbly and golden brown over the edges, about 30 minutes.