Emeril's Mac and Cheese

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons butter in a heavy 3-quart saucepan over medium heat.
  • 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.
  • Using a whisk, add the milk in a steady stream and cook, whisking constantly, until thick and smooth, 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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  1. NewEnglandCook
    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.
  2. AmazingGraceofGod
    Best mac and cheese I ever made. Wonderful recipe! Made my own Jamaican essence. Family loved it
  3. Chief Tony
    Great recipe. I didn't use the Emeril's Essence and sometime use different types of Cheesse. Like PeperJack.
  4. mamadelogan
    I love this recipe, its a simple basic recipe for mac and chese. Thanks for posting.
  5. Jodid
    I used a mozzerella/romano blend that I had on hand and thin spaghetti noodles (also what I had in the pantry) and panko on top. Yum!


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